Article & Photos by
Danielle Golden Giglio
After running 10 miles on a cold January morning and raising funds for a few amazing local charities of course you need a beer. All this and more happened early last Saturday for the Sayville Running Company’s 10th Annual 10 Mile Run to Blue Point Brewery.
The snow held off and it was good running weather at 22 degrees and no wind. The 10 mile race started and ended on River Avenue in Patchogue winding through the towns of Bayport and Blue Point.
Volunteer coordinator for this event and also executive director of the Greater Long Island Running Club Sue Fitzpatrick said, “We have sold out again this year. There are over 2,000 runners registered. My favorite part of the race is actually running it and thanking all the volunteers that make such a fun event.”
Sue went on to speak about the three charities that benefit from this running event. BULA – Better Understanding of Life in Africa based in Bayport has been able to build a few schools in Africa because of this race. William’s Warriors Blue Point supports pediatric cancer patient with art therapy supplies. And Patchogue-Medford Youth & Community Services which helps the youth of the community with a recreation center.
In the warm tent before the race Peter Bachmore of Bayport was hoping his family at home was awake so they can cheer him on as he runs by. This is his 8th Brewery Run and his favorite one of the year. “I love that it is a community race. There is just a great camaraderie running it with friends and family.”
Peter was running with his friend Dennis Craig of Bayport. It is Dennis’s 4th time doing the 10 mile run and he said, “It is a lot of fun and I like the fact that we run through our communities.”
Another running partner Rich Collins of Blue Point has done this race a few times before and said, “I have been a runner for 20 years and this is a great race that I look forward to every year.”
And the reward for making it over the finish line? A beer at the Blue Point Brewery.