Sept. 27, 2019 Staff Report
If you haven’t signed up for this year’s Sunnyside Post Mile, do so now.
The event is taking place on Saturday, Oct. 5 and hundreds have already registered.
The mile is for both runners and walkers, and starts at 10:00 a.m., with an opening ceremony kicking off at 9:30 a.m.
“This is a very special event and I’m proud that it’s in its fifth year,” said Christian Murray, publisher of the Sunnyside Post, and co-organizer. “The event is all about small-town pride and community spirit. It’s for everyone–young and old.”
Interested participants are still able to register online for the event and will also be able to register on the day. However, to avoid long lines, organizers are recommending that participants sign up now and pick up their free race-day T-Shirts and bibs at The Skillman (45-20 Skillman Ave.) on Friday, Oct. 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The event is being organized by the Sunnyside Post in conjunction with Woodside-Sunnyside Runners, a local running organization formed in 2009 that holds weekly runs and includes hundreds of active members.
All proceeds are going to Sunnyside Community Services (SCS), a multi-service, community-based, not-for-profit agency that provides programs for individuals of all ages.
A record number of sponsors have got behind the event this year.
“This year, small businesses have once again come out in force to support the event,” said Erica Campbell, with the Woodside-Sunnyside Runners. “They add so much, and Sunnyside and Woodside are lucky they are so vested in our neighborhood.”
Campbell recommends that participants sign up ASAP.
“We recommend signing up now and coming down to The Skillman for your T-Shirt and bib on Friday,” said Erica Campbell, with the Woodside-Sunnyside Runners. “It makes everything so much easier.”
The starting line for the Sunnyside Post Mile is located by Torsney/Lou Lodati Playground on 43rd Street. Participants will then turn onto Barnett Avenue, then onto 39th Avenue through to 50th Street before making two more rights and finishing at Skillman Ave (44th Street).
The roads will be closed by the NYPD for about an hour while the event takes place.
Participants are permitted to run/walk with strollers and leashed dogs are welcome– as long as they line up at the back of the race corral.
There will also be children’s dashes along Skillman Avenue. Registration for these kids races costs $10 and children also get complimentary race-day T-shirts.
The significantly shorter dashes will begin at 10:30 am, with children of different age categories (from 2 years to 9 years) lining up at 44th Street and Skillman Avenue.
There will be medals presented to the fastest three runners in both the men’s and women’s categories of the Sunnyside Post Mile, and there will also be ribbons handed out to children who participate in the Skillman Dashes.
The run-walk costs $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children, with all proceeds going to Sunnyside Community Services.
Online registration is open until Friday, Oct. 4 and can be completed by clicking here.
The sponsors of this year’s event are as follows:
PLATINUM: Major World, The Skillman, Phipps Houses, Bridge Printing, Broadway Stages, Executive Color Systems, International Union of Operating Engineers
GOLD: Welcome Home Real Estate, Aubergine Cafe, Bank of America-Meriyll Lynch, Norcor, B.I.L. Office Furniture
SILVER & BRONZE: Crossfit Sunnyside, Melo Yelo, Sunnyside Shines, Bar 43, The Globe Tavern, Jack’s Fire Deptartment, Topaz Arts, Edward D. Lynch Funeral Home Inc, EdwardJones Investments, Triad Management, Surrender Pictures, Sabini Crowley & Associates
Elected Officials: NY State Senator Michael Gianaris, NY State Assembly Member Catherine Nolan, NY State Assembly Member Brian Barnwell, NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer
Additional Support By: Suryaside Yoga, NYPD 108th Precinct, More Air Mechanical and LIC Building