MANGANO & RXR CEO SCOTT RECHLER KICK OFF MARATHON WEEKEND AND UNVEIL OFFICIAL POSTER

Fly by Cindy LauBy Eden Laikin

Poster was designed by local Hicksville artist to support her Marathon runner Mom

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, was joined today by RXR CEO Scott Rechler, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves, officials and volunteers from the 2014 RXR Long Island Marathon to kick off the Marathon weekend events and unveil the race’s official poster for 2014 – at the site of the Marathon’s Runners’ Expo, near the starting line for Sunday’s race. 

The Marathon will take place Sunday, May 4 at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, NY. RXR Realty is the title sponsor of the Long Island Marathon for the ninth year.

Rechler spoke about the importance of public / private partnerships with Nassau County and the importance for investing back into the health and vitality of the County.

Dr. Thomas Pappas, the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at St. Francis Hospital spoke about the various health benefits of running any of this weekend’s races.

The official poster, entitled “Fly,” was designed by artist Cynthia Lau, a college student from Hicksville. Her mother, Anna Lau, has been participating in the Long Island Marathon for 10 years and will be participating in Sunday’s race.

The LI Marathon Weekend Features:

·         Sports & Fitness Expo – May 2nd – May 3rd

·         5K Race; 1 Mile Run (8am); 5k (8:30am); Kids Fun Run, free, ages 1-11(10:30am) – Saturday, May 3rd

·         Marathon; Half Marathon; 10K – Sunday, May 4th at 8am 

Other High-level Sponsors include WABC-TV; WALK-FM; Long Island McDonalds Operators and All Round Foods. The official Charity is St. Francis Hospital, which is working to promote heart-health in Nassau County.

“The Races bring together thousands of runners to compete in the marathon and half-marathon, as well as thousands of friends and family members who line up along the course and gather in Eisenhower Park to lend moral support,” County Executive Mangano said. “The event is very much a local affair, with Long Islanders generally representing 90% of the runners. Participants are reflective of the community. They are schoolteachers … workers from our trade unions … police officers … students … and small-business people. Truly our friends and neighbors.”

In light of the tragic events that occurred at the Boston Marathon a year ago, Nassau County has once again put together a comprehensive security plan to ensure the safety of the Long Island Marathon participants, spectators, and all members of the community. 

·         The security measures are as follows:

  • All vehicles at the starting line and other staging areas must be credentialed and known in advance;
  • A large contingent of uniformed police officers will be assigned to the detail;
  • We will have Police Officers assigned from NCPD Homeland Security with portable radiation detectors;
  • All bags and back packs will be subject to K-9 explosive detection prior to going on the UPS trucks to the finish line. In addition, K-9’s will be patrolling the general area.
  • Participants should arrive early due to modified road closures around the start and finish line areas and should plan to leave enough time for parking and travel to the start line;
  • Only registered participants will be permitted into the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K starting line area on Charles Lindbergh Blvd this Sunday
  • Participants may only use clear bags at the baggage check.  Clear bags will be provided by race officials at participant check-in;
  • Spectators may not bring bags into the finish line area in Eisenhower Park;
  • Any bags or packages found on the ground will be discarded or destroyed.  Participants should not stash personal items along the race route.
  • Eisenhower Park finish line security at the spectator seating area includes: Modified Fencing around seating with Entrance and Exit gateways, bags and backpacks are prohibited.
  • Our finish line festival area will include fencing to limit gateways for ingress and egress.
  • The staff and volunteer-only areas require vehicle credentials as well as individual credentials. Only previously credentialed individuals will be permitted in these areas. 

Mangano also took a moment to remind residents of our See Something Say Something Campaign – “if something or someone seems out of place, please call 911.”

Nearly 8,000 participants are already signed up for race weekend events.  Anyone who has not signed up yet can still do so at the Sports & Fitness Expo, located at the Indoor Sports Facility at the Mitchel Athletic Complex.  Walk-up registration for all races is available from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., today (Friday May 2) and for the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K Race tomorrow (Saturday, May 3) from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Participants who are already registered are reminded that there is no race day check in – all check in must take place at the Expo on Friday or Saturday.  Also, participants and spectators are reminded that for security reasons, no bags or backpacks are allowed at the races on Sunday, May 4th.  Cooperation with this request is greatly appreciated.  For more information, please visit: www.run-li.com

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