2009-07-31 / Community

Graybeards Host Annual Family Run Tonight

By Howard Schwach

Some of the younger runners do the two-block race. Some of the younger runners do the two-block race. More than 500 runners of all ages are expected to hit the bricks on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 129 Street on Friday night for the annual Graybeards Family Run, an event that has quickly become the premier family fun night in Rockaway.

The evening starts from 4 to 6 p.m. with registration at St. Francis de Sales Church on Beach 129 Street, and continues with a series of runs of varying lengths that cover all of the age groups.

At 6:30 p.m., the two-block race for children ages 7 and under will be run in two divisions - one for girls and one for boys. Right after that race reaches the finish line, there will be two more, one for boys ages 8 to 10 and another for girls of the same age.

At 6:45 p.m., the special Olympians run their race. At 7 p.m., there will be a one-mile race for all comers.

Then, at 7:15, the finale, a 5-kilometer race for all ages.

The longer races move from Rockaway Beach Boulevard to the boardwalk at Beach 126 Street and then turn around and come back to Beach 129 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard for the finish line.

Participants in last year's 5K race. Participants in last year's 5K race. Each child who runs will win a ribbon no matter where he or she finishes in the race.

There will be awards for the top five male and top five female runners in the one-mile race.

In the 5K race, there will be a number of awards for age divisions, as well as for the overall winners.

Directly after the race series ends, there will be an afterrace party in the St. Francis de Sales schoolyard on Beach 129 Street.

The awards will be presented at the after-race party and participants will partake of a barbeque and entertainment.

Last year, more than 500 runners took part in the races.

Race participants range from the very young to the young at heart. Race participants range from the very young to the young at heart.

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