The Jovia Long Island Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Sunday, May 5, 2024 • East Meadow, NY • Course Map

Set for its 50th annual running this year, New York’s Jovia Long Island Marathon and Half 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 Friday, the 10K is run on Saturday, while the half and full marathon races are run on Sunday, May 1.

2022 Jovia Long Island Marathon Finisher

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 warm weather conditions in May, where temperatures typically range from the mid-50s to the mid-70s.

On race day (May 5), the average low is 61ºF and the average high is 72ºF.

Jovia Long Island Marathon Past Results

Jovia Long Island Marathon Course Map

See the race route map for the half marathon here.

Starting Time

7:30 AM


see event website

Jovia Long Island Marathon Registration

To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of East Meadow’s Long Island Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at here.

Official Race Website

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3 comments… add one
  • Wyatt April 28, 2022, 3:27 pm

    Is there a way to track progress of runners during the race?

  • david April 6, 2016, 11:12 am

    where do we go to pick up the pre race packet?
    can i just show up at the start line and get it or i need to go somwhere before hand?
    cant find this info anywhere …

  • Singh March 17, 2016, 12:06 pm

    Everybody get a finisher medal in every race .


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