Want a chance to run with 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi? Head to the 35th annual Shelter Island 10K Run on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The Olympic silver medalist and New York City Marathon champion will be racing in the quiet Long Island town known for summer vacation.
The Shelter Island Run includes the scenic 10K race and 5K Fun Walk with a pre-sunset start time of 5:30 p.m. Runners are treated to harbor and bay views on the rural island where the speed limit is 35 m.p.h.
In addition to running the race, Marathon Meb will speak at the Shelter Island High School and attend the pre-race Pasta Buffet and Post Race Party, which includes live music, dancing, a free BBQ dinner for runners and a cash bar.
Fans of ABC’s Revenge, this might be a run for you. Shelter Island is a sleepy vacation spot at the farthest reaches of Long Island sandwiched between North Fork wine country and the tony Hamptons made famous nationwide once again by the show. In short, it’s surrounded by beaches, bays, vineyards and summer-vacation land on all sides.
As a Manhattanite, I’ve spent my fair share of time in the Hamptons, Montauk, Sag Harbor and environs. But Shelter Island is a cozy hamlet that reminds me of lazy summer days of yore, when all I needed was a bathing suit and an ice cream cone. With five town beaches and loads of other activities like biking, boating, kayaking and hiking in the 2,039-acre Mashomack Preserve with 12 miles of coastline, it’s easy to spend a day or two there.
Want to stay on Shelter Island? Sunset Beach is popular hangout, with a 20 room luxury hotel and beach side French bistro. I myself have whiled away an afternoon on the sand at Sunset Beach, noshing on bites and splashing in the surprisingly warm waters that surround the island.
More than a dozen inns and bed and breakfasts dot Shelter Island, as well. I can’t think of a more pleasant place to spend a running weekend.
Getting to Shelter Island from Long Island is as simple as taking a 10-minute ferry that accommodates cars from either Greenport or Sag Harbor. If you’re driving from New England, the Cross Sound Ferry takes you and your car to Orient Point in Long Island from New London, Connecticut. If you’re coming from New York City and points beyond, the area is reachable by car, Long Island Railroad to Greenport or Hampton Jitney bus to Greenport or Sag Harbor. Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip is a one hour and forty-minute drive.
Now that Meb Keflezighi is on the bill, methinks the Shelter Island 10K Run might sell-out with a cap of 2,500 runners.
For more information or to register, visit ShelterIslandRun.com. For more information about Shelter Island and nearby Long Island as a runcation destination, visit ShelterIslandChamber.org and DiscoverLongIsland.com.