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Sunnyside Post Mile Takes Place Sunday, 400 Participants Expected


May 29, 2015 By Christian Murray

The Sunnyside Post Mile kicks off Sunday with more than 400 participants expected to run/walk to help raise funds for the Coalition for the Homeless.

Leonor White, the event organizer, said the goal is to raise about $7,000, which would help the Coalition provide food, shelter and job-training services for those most in need.

White said that many local businesses have been generous in sponsoring the event and that with strong participation on Sunday the $7,000 goal should be met.

To date, 300 people have registered online (click here to sign up). However, people are still able to sign up on the day.

The participation fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children ($15 for adults who sign up on the day). All runners/walkers will get an event T-Shirt.

The event starts outside Lou Lodati Park on 43rd Street at 10 am and registration and bib/T-Shirt pickup is open from 9:15 to 10:00 am.

The mile goes from the park down to Barnett Avenue through to 50th Street before finishing at Skillman Ave/44th Street. The roads will be closed for the event.

Several bars and restaurants will be offering discounts on the day to participants wearing Sunnyside Post Mile T-shirts.

Those establishments are the Dog & Duck, Claret Wine Bar, Bar 43, Maggie Mae’s, Quaint and Murphy’s Lobster Grill.

The event has been sponsored by a host of local businesses—such as Sunnyside Post, Bar 43, Dog and Duck, Merit Real Estate, Welcome Home Real Estate, The Skillman Project and Coffeed (see full list below).

“These sponsors have made the event happen,” White said. “I’m very, very grateful.”

The event will begin with introductions from Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, State Sen. Mike Gianaris and Community Board 2 Chair Pat O’Brien. A representative from the Coalition for the Homeless will also be in attendance.

The adult competitive race will start at 10:30 am, with the youth competitive race beginning at 10:45. The run/walk for the general population starts 11:00 am. The event will take place rain or shine.

A medal ceremony will be held at 11:30 near the finishing line.

To register or for more information, please click here for Raceroster


Sponsors: Sunnyside Post, Bar 43, The Dog and Duck, Merit Real Estate, Wecome Home Real Estate, The Skillman Project, Coffeed, Associated, Food Universe, Fresh n Save, Skillman Pets, Extreme Martial Arts, Maggie Mae’s, Woodside on the Move, Claret, Sunnyside Reform Church, Copper Kettle, The Globe Tavern, Courtyard Ale House


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It was a lot of fun, and I’d say a lot more than 300 people attended. I just wish I had known about the runner’s “discounts” with the sponsor restaurants! Thanks Leonore for organizing – it was a great community event for a great cause!!

people have the power

Congrats to the organizer for doing something to make positive impact and change. Sounds like it was a big hit.

Susan B.

What a great event! So much fun for a great cause. Made me proud to live in this community. Kudos to Leonor and all the people who made it happen.


Never say “kudos.” Just don’t do it. If you’re kid says it at school, he’s getting punched. For sure.

Mayor Patrick Gleason

On one hand, it would would be a nice community event if the “community” organized it, but under the surface it just seems like another event in Queens that is a publicity stunt for politicians whose words fail to mask their (in)action for stuff our community really needs. Why must every event in this borough have to revolve around them – this doesn’t happen in the other boroughs. Do this next year – without them organizing it – and see how far you (don’t) get. Just my two cents.

Susan B.

The community DID organize it. Leonor White did it pretty much on her own. She is an amazing young woman.

sunnysides fastest runner, PERIOD DAMMIT!

Honestly i dont give a damn about the homeless, im gonna sprint like a mother and grab me some gold and stand on that platform like a boss. Id pay fifteen bucks for that. hell yeah bro.

John Z

I’ll give $7,000 personally if they relocate change away from here…I’m tired of seeing his crap under the subway. I have witnessed the crap leave his body n splatter on the pillar.. Still nothing is done. What’s the point of these organizations if they don’t do anything about people like this?


Can you imagine the crowd they would get if this was the “Let’s Get Change Out Of Here Mile!


I, and two friends will be there! I think that this is going to be a very exciting community event and that all the sponsors are going to have a particularly good amount of business on Sunday.

runners, its all about YOU!!!

medal ceremony? its only 1 freekin mile! its for the homeless, not to feed some runners ego that he ran a mile faster than anyine else.

Sir William Regal

Hop pox on the Sunnyside Post for taking down my post. I have been Besmirched this would never happen in Britain.


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