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Nicole Sinning of Southold approaches the finish line at the 2014 May Mile with a smile on her face. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder file photo)

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO Nicole Sinning of Southold approaches the finish line with a smile on her face.

After a long, cold winter, it’s time to stretch those legs and lace up those running shoes for the first crop of local charity road races.

The May Mile and 5K run kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at Peconic Landing in Greenport. The entry fee is $25 in advance, $30 the day of the race and $15 for students.

The race, which benefits the Greenport Fire Department, has raised more than $160,000 since 2005.

This is for a great cause, which is why our parent company, Times/Review Media Group, is a proud sponsor of the event. There’s also an awesome barbecue afterward, so stick around.

Click here to register.

The Miles For Mike 5K relay walk/run will take place rain or shine at the Greenport High School track on Saturday, May 23.

Each team of at least five members will take turns completing a 3.1 mile loop. Each participant must be over eight years old and proper footwear is required. Individual participants can be placed on a team if needed. The event runs from noon until 5 p.m.

Registration is $15 per person.

All proceeds will benefit The Michael Brown Memorial Scholarship which has provided annual scholarships to local students. The foundation is named in honor of Greenport resident Michael Brown, who was killed in a bus accident in 2010.

Click here to register for the event. For more information call (631) 599-8995.

The Riverhead Administrator’s Association will host a 5K run/walk May 17 to remember and celebrate the memory of lost loved ones.

The race, called the Run To Remember, will raise funds for Riverhead High School senior class scholarships.

Donations are being sought from local businesses and community members. Some items needed are water bottles, basket donations for raffles, fresh fruit and granola or protein bars.

The race will start and finish on School Street by Riverhead High School. The entrance fee is $20 for early online registration and $25 for registration on the day of the race.

The race starts at 9 a.m.

For more information, visit the Run to Remember website.

The Shelter Island 10K and 5K race/fun run will also return for its 36th year on Saturday, June 20. The 2014 Boston Marathon winner and Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi will be competing in the race for the second consecutive year. (We met him last year and he was SUPER gracious.)

When Keflezighi raced the Shelter Island 10K in 2014, it was his first race after the Boston Marathon.

Keflezighi, who finished fourth in last year’s 10K, was a hit around town. He signed autographs, and before the race, took to the microphone to offer some words of encouragement to runners as they readied for the start.

Runners can sign up for the Shelter Island 10K or 5K at The race is limited to 2,500 runners. The entry fee is $40 for the 10K and $30 for the 5K and benefits the Shelter Island 10K Community Fund.

Over in Brookhaven Town, the Sprint for the Spine 5K, 10K and one mile, kicks off at Shoreham Beach at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 2.

The event raises awareness and funding for those suffering with spinal injuries and spinal conditions. There will be a complimentary raffle ticket, as well as food and refreshments after the race.

The 5K is $25 in advance ($35 the day of the race), the 10K is $35 in advance ($45 day of the race) and the one-mile fun run is $10 ($15 the day of the race.) Click here to register.

Know of any other upcoming local races? Tell us in the comment section below.