From check-in to the post-race party, here’s the scoop on everything you need to know before the starting gun sounds for the Shelter Island 10K run and 5K walk.
The 10K starts at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 at the Shelter Island School located at 33 N Ferry Road. The 5K follows at 5:45 p.m.
Runners should arrive on Shelter Island by 3 p.m. Saturday, June 21 for packet pick-up and check-in at the Shelter Island School gymnasium. Packets are available starting Friday, June 20, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your “champion chip” GPS tracking device will be included with your packet. Please note that strollers or baby joggers are not permitted on the course. No backpacks will be allowed. Runners will receive transparent plastic bags to store their belongings.
USA Track & Field Certified Course
The 10K race starts promptly at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, June 21, rain or shine, on Route 114 near the traffic circle in front of the Shelter Island School. The staging area is on the school grounds. School Street is a detour for through traffic — please cross with caution and do not delay car traffic. Do not gather on Route 114 near the starting area until called by the official starter, NYC Runs (NYCruns.com). When called, enter the section that indicates your anticipated average pace per mile.
Splits are measured at each mile mark. A digital clock will be on display on the right side of the road at the 5K mark.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE! Water will be available outside the school from 2 until 5 p.m. Runners are strongly urged to take fluids within one hour of the start of the race. Water will also be available at 2, 4 and 5 miles and at 1.5 miles for 5K walkers.
Signs will alert runners to official water stations. DO NOT ACCEPT FLUIDS from unofficial sources along the course.
A professionally staffed medical tent will be open on the finish field from 12 noon until after the race.
The 5-kilometer community walk begins at 5:45 p.m., 15 minutes after the 10K. It is a non-competitive event but all entrants will receive a runner’s packet and T-shirt.
Both the 10K Run and the 5K Walk begin on Route 114 at the Center round-about and head southward. Turn left on St. Mary’s Road and continue to the next round-about.
•The 5K Walk goes left at the round-about onto Manwaring Road to Route 114, then north to West Neck Road, where the 5K merges with the 10K course to the finish field behind the American Legion Hall.
• The 10K Run goes right at St. Mary’s round-about onto Ram Island Road, left up Cobbetts Lane, then right on Manhanset Road until Manhanset becomes Shore Road. Keep right of the Dering Harbor Village Hall on Shore Road until Shore becomes Winthrop Road.
• Follow Winthrop across the bridge to Route 114. Go left on 114 to West Neck Road.
• Make a right onto West Neck and a quick left onto Midway Road. Follow Midway to Bateman Road, go left on Bateman for 200 meters and exit right onto the school athletic field and around to the finish line.
Racers cross the finish line at the school’s playing field, Fiske Field, behind the American Legion Hall.
RACE DAY LOGISTICS
SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE
Starting at 1 p.m. on race day, there will be free bus service from North Ferry to the school and back. The service, compliments of Sunrise Coach Lines, concludes at the end of the post race party (11 p.m.).
Signs will direct drivers from each ferry to a parking area behind the school. PLEASE DO NOT PARK ANYWHERE ON ROUTE 114! It’s part of the race course. Park on side streets and keep all driveways clear.
Portable toilets will be located outside the American Legion Hall and near the finish line.
DRESSING/SHOWERS & BAG CHECK
Free showers and a bag check for race participants will be available at the Shelter Island High School gym, hosted by the Class of 2016. Tips are appreciated.
BEFORE AND AFTER
KIDS FUN RUN
Free 200-meter run through the official Shelter Island Run finish line for children 4 to 10 years old. Free souvenir T-shirt and medal for all participants. Bring the kids to Fiske Field at about 3:45 p.m. for the run, which begins at 4 p.m.
FREE STRETCHING CLINIC
A stretching and warm-up clinic will be held from 4:30 to 5 p.m. on the front lawn of the school, near the starting line.
Let the fun continue after the race by heading to the Island Boatyard/SALT Restaurant near the end of Menantic Road. 7 to 11 p.m. Cash bar. Free BBQ for all registered runners — bring your race #. For non-runners, $20 fee for BBQ. Live music and dancing.
40-MINUTE PACE GROUP
Harry Hackett III of Merrill Lynch in Southampton is sponsoring a 40-minute pace group. Led by elite runner Joan Benoit Samuelson, the group will try to break a 40-minute time for the 10K course. Anyone who thinks they can run a 6:25 mile is welcome to sign up at the registration site to run with this group. All participants will be given a special number and singled out for recognition at the finish line.
Times will be posted at www.FLRRT.com
Prize money is raised through corporate and private donations.
First-place male and female finishers will receive two roundtrip travel certificates from Jet Blue Airways along with $1,000 each. Second- through fifth-place winners will receive $500, $300, $200 and $150 respectively.
Sixth- through 10th-place finishers will receive merchandise awards sponsored by Gubbins Running Ahead.
First-place masters male and female runners will receive free roundtrip tickets for two on Jet Blue Airways and $300 each. The second-place male and female winners will each receive $200, and the third-place male and female runners will receive $100 each.
Masters runners are eligible for both overall prize money awards and masters division prize money awards.
There’s a $1,500 bonus in the Open Men’s and Women’s divisions for posting a new course record.
There’s a $300 bonus for breaking a course record in the Master’s division.
The top men’s and women’s U.S. citizen finishers will receive $250 each, and the top wheelchair men’s and women’s winners will each receive $100. The top three male and female wheelchair athletes will receive medals.
There’s also a $50 bonus for the top male and female lead runners at miles 2 through 6.
Age group winners will receive a complimentary entry to the 2015 race.
The first male and female residents to cross the finish line will each receive a complimentary entry to the 2015 race.
Jet Blue Airways and Apple Honda will offer random drawings at the awards ceremony.
• Jet Blue will sponsor two roundtrips on any Jet Blue non-stop flight destination from New York.
• Apple Honda of Riverhead will award $250 to sponsor a registered runner and $250 for a registered walker.
You must be a registered runner or walker and be present at the awards ceremony to be eligible.
The official Shelter Island Run radio station is WLNG 92.1 FM. The race will be broadcast live with pre-race coverage all afternoon.