Sept. 8, 2016 Staff Report
Hundreds of participants are set to take part in the second annual Sunnyside Post Mile on Saturday.
The event is for both runners and walkers, and the goal is to raise funds for a number of local non-profit groups. The run/walk starts at 10:00 am, with an opening ceremony kicking off at 9:30 am.
Participants are still able to register for the event and will also be able to do so on the day. However, to avoid long lines, the organizers are recommending that participants sign up before race day and pick up their T-Shirts and bibs at two local establishments—Bar 43 on Thursday (6pm to 8 pm) or Maggie Maes on Friday (6pm to 8 pm).
The event is being organized by the Woodside-Sunnyside Runners in conjunction with the Sunnyside Post.
Woodside-Sunnyside Runners was formed in 2009 and has hundreds of active members.
“While runners are able to register on the day, we recommend signing up now and coming down to one of the bars and picking up your T-Shirt and bib,” said Ann Sansaricq, with the Woodside-Sunnyside Runners.
The starting line will be located by Lou Lodati Park on 43rd Street. Participants will then turn onto Barnett Avenue through to 50th Street before finishing at Skillman Ave (44th Street).
The roads will be closed by the NYPD for about two hours while the event takes place.
Participants are permitted to run/walk with strollers and leashed dogs are welcome, lining up at the back of the race corral.
This year, there will also be children’s dashes along Skillman Avenue for the first time. They will begin at 10:45 am, with children of different age
categories (from 2 years to 9 years) lining up at 44th and Skillman.
Several bars and restaurants will be providing discounted beer on the day of the September 10 run/walk for participants, such as Maggie Maes, Bar 43 and Jack’s Fire House.
A number of Skillman Avenue establishments will be offering $4 Blue Point Oktoberfest beer throughout the day/night to all participants who show up wearing a race bib or T-Shirt from the event.
Non participants will be able to cash in on the discounted beer by paying $5 to buy a Pub Run bib at the bar (or $10 for a race T-Shirt), with that money going toward the event’s charities (see below).
The Skillman Avenue establishments that have confirmed their participation in the Blue Point deal include: Claret, Dog & Duck, Bar 43, Quaint, Globe, Alcove, Aubergine and the Copper Kettle.
There will be medals presented to the fastest three runners in both the men’s and women’s categories. There will also be awards for children.
The run-walk will cost $20 for adults and $15 for children, with the proceeds to be split among five charities (see below).
To register for the event, please click here.
The charities are:
Woodside on the Move, which plans to use funds for neighborhood revitalization
The Skillman Project, which plans to bring elaborate decorations to Skillman Avenue during the winter holiday period
Sunnyside Shines, which will use funds for a beautification project south of Queens Boulevard
Sunnyside Artists, which plans to use its portion of the funds to paint a neighborhood mural
SUDS (Sunnyside United Dog Society), which will use funds for the upkeep of the Lou Lodati Dog Run and rescue programs
The sponsors of the event are as follows:
PLATINUM: Maggie Maes, Bar 43
GOLD: Crossfit Sunnyside, The Skillman Project, The DOG and DUCK, Merit Group and Associates Real Estate, Welcome Home Real Estate, Gotham Drywall Inc, Pure Spa and Salon
SILVER: Claret, Jack’s Fire Dept., Jin Brothers Wine & Liquor, The Alcove, Home Grown Real Estate, Uncle Jimmy’s Pizzeria, The Globe Tavern, The Copper Kettle, Aubergine Cafe, Cooldown Juice
BRONZE: Bing’s Hallmark, Quaint, Food Universe, Congressman Joe Crowley, State Senator Mike Gianaris, New York State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.