2005-07-29 / Community

Graybeards Host Annual Family Run

A scene from last year’s Graybeards Family Run.A scene from last year’s Graybeards Family Run. The 3rd annual Graybeards Family Run kicks off in Belle Harbor on Friday July 29 at 6:30 p.m., organizers said.

This year’s race returns to St. Francis de Sales parish and promises to be the best yet, with the Graybeards fresh from their successful Wounded Warriors event held in Rockaway earlier this month.

The night will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Kids Races, which will vary in distance according to age and will start and finish at Beach 128 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

The Rockaway Special Olympians will follow with their always-inspiring ¼-mile.

The 1-mile run will begin at 7:00 p.m. and follow a course along Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach Street 128 Street to Beach 126 Street, down Beach 126 Street to the Boardwalk, and along the Boardwalk to Beach 121 Street before returning along the same route to Beach 128 Street.

The races will be capped by the 5K run, which will follow the same course as the mile but continue to Beach 102 Street before turning back.

Post race activities will follow immediately at the St. Francis de Sales schoolyard and will include a performance by Dead Mile Dance from 8-10 p.m. along with awards presentations, raffles, and plenty of food.

Advance registration has been strong and there will also be a day of race registration beginning at 4:30 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales. The entry fee on race day is $18 or $12 for children 12 and under and includes our always-popular shirt. If you just want to take part in the festivities, a $10 contribution will be accepted as you enter the yard.

Race directors Keith Goldberg and Joe Featherston encourage you to “Come One, Come All’ for an evening of fun for the entire family. The Rockaway Family Run was revived by the Graybeards in 2003 at St. Francis de Sales. Last year’s race was hosted by St. Camillus.

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