Sunday, May 1, 2016 • East Meadow, NY • Course Map
Set for its 43rd annual running this year, New York’s Long Island Marathon is a longtime running tradition here on eastern Long Island on the first weekend of May, dating back to the race’s first running in the 1970s, when it was run as the Earth Day Marathon and featured only a full, 26.2-mile marathon.
Since then, the race has added a half marathon (in 1984) as well as a 10K and 5K, and a one-mile run and children’s fun run. All of the races in the event make for a weekend of fitness activities, as the 5K, one-mile run and Kids Fun Run take place on Saturday, followed by the full and half marathons and the 10K on Sunday.
The three Sunday races all share the same starting line, on East Meadow’s Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, next to the campus of Nassau Community College and the Hempstead Plains Preserve.
From there, runners in the half marathon follow the same route as those running the full until about the mile 10 marker, where the half marathon splits and takes the 13.1-milers into the Eisenhower Golf Course, where they’ll run on the cart paths next to the fairways for a couple of holes, and then onto Park Boulevard, where they’ll finish the race in Eisenhower Park.
Along the way, runners pass through a number of the area’s residential neighborhoods as well as through the villages of Uniondale, Westbury and New Cassel, and past local attractions like the Nassau Coliseum (home to the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders) and Museum Row, where visitors can check out the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Aerospace Museum, Children’s Museum and the Firefighter’s Museum.
The half marathon course (like the other race distances) is USATF-certified, and the full marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier course.
Note that this event spans two days — the 5K is run on Saturday, April 30, while the half marathon, full marathon and 10K races are run on Sunday, May 1.
Race Weather & Climate
Located on Long Island’s eastern end, roughly 30 miles west of New York City, the city of East Meadow typically experiences mild to moderately cool weather conditions in May, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 29ºF (in 1984) and as high as 95ºF (in 1987).
On race day (May 1), the average low is 46ºF and the average high is 61ºF.
- 2015 Long Island Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Long Island Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Long Island Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Long Island Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Long Island Half Marathon Results
- $50 for the half marathon, if registered before March 20, 2016
- price subject to increase as the race grows closer
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of East Meadow’s Long Island Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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