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March 1, 2006

Caumsett State Park to Host 50-Kilometer National Championship

February 1, 2006, Plainview, NY - On March 5, 2006, Caumsett State Park in Lloyd Harbor, New York will be the venue for one of America's premier ultrarunning events, the Caumsett 50K. The 31+-mile road race - all taking place within beautiful Caumsett State Park - has been chosen by USA Track and Field and its Long Island Association, Long Island Track and Field, to be the 2006 U.S. and Long Island 50-Kilometer Championship.

Over 150 participants, including world, national and regional champion male and female ultrarunners, are expected to toe the starting line and compete in this prestigious championship running event. In addition to being the U.S. and L.I. Championship, the Caumsett 50K is also the first "jewel" in New York Ultrarunning's Grand Prix Series, a 6-race ultrarunning multi-race event.

"We are extremely honored to have been selected by USA Track and Field to host this very prestigious ultrarunning race," states Race Committee and Greater L.I. Running Club Board Member, Vinny Croce. "With the tremendous support of our sponsors, Super Runners Shop and Wild By Nature, the local and regional running communities - including New York Ultrarunning and GLIRC - Caumsett and its beauty will draw national and regional champions as well as regional ultrarunning "stars," he added.

As with many ultrarunning events ("ultras" being running events extending over the traditional 26.2-mile marathon distance), all 31+ miles of the Caumsett 50K will be run on a looped course, circling 2.61 miles through the beautiful, historic 1750-acre state park in Lloyd's Neck overlooking Long Island Sound. Race management for the event will be handled by the Greater L.I. Running Club under USA Track and Field championship guidelines. Over $1000 in total prize money will be awarded for race winners in various categories.

Some of America's greatest ultra champions, including world and U.S. record-holders are expected to "run Caumsett" this March. These include ultra stars Roy Pirrung and Ann Riddle Lunblad. Pirrung of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is a world and American ultramarathon champion, winner of 8 world championships, 46 U.S. championships, holder of 46 U.S. ultrarunning records and is a member of the USA Track and Field Masters Hall of Fame. Riddle Lunblad of Asheville, North Carolina, is a 4-time member of the U.S. 100K team and was the 2004 U.S. Trail Marathon and 50K Champion. Local ultra champions include standout Rudy Afanador.

"The Caumsett 50K will be a national championship event held right here on Long Island, we are extremely honored and excited to be the host for this world-class race, " stated Gary Westerfield, President of Long Island Track and Field, USA Track and Field's local association. "LITF looks forward to making this an event to remember for all these running champions, from the world-class elite to the amateur," he added.

The Caumsett 50 Kilometer Run will take place rain or shine on Sunday, March 5th at Caumsett Stae Park, Lloyd's Neck, NY. The event starts at 8:30 AM. Additional race information is available from the Greater Long Island Running Club at http://www.glirc.org/ or by calling the club at 516-349-7646.

The Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) is the largest running club on L.I., with over 3000 members. It sponsors many running events each year, including the ASPIRE 10K, the Long Island Police Appreciation Run, the Vytra Health Plans Women's Run, the TOBAY triathalon and the Ocean-to-Sound Relay. The club holds programs, special clinics, regular group road runs and track workouts for runners of every age and level of ability.

USA Track and Field (USATF) is the National governing body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.

USA Track and Field/Long Island founded in 2000, is the newest member association of USA Track and Field, the governing body of track and field, cross country, long distance running and race walking in the United States.LITF serves the athletic community in Nassau and Suffolk counties with vision and leadership by providing for the needs of track and field, cross country, long distance running and race walk athletes of all ages and abilities, from the recreational runner to the elite athlete.

New York Ultra Running supports ultrarunning events and activities throughout the Metropolitan area. It has established the New York Ultra Running Grand Prix Series in conjunction with the Greater L.I. running Club, Taconic Road Runners, the Staten Island Athletic club and the Broadway Ultra Society.

 

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