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New 'Earth Day' 5K Run Coming to EPCAL

The board agreed the race would be a good event for EPCAL.

Runners celebrating the environment and Earth Day will have a new 5K race at Enterprise Park at Calverton.

Bill Toedter of the North Fork Environmental Council discussed the plan with the Riverhead town board on Thursday; he said the goal was to find a locale that was both safe and traffic-free and that also highlighted natural presentation efforts in light of Earth Day and Arbor Day.

The race, he said, would bring 300 to 400 people to EPCAL. The event would kick off at Line Road and utilize the runway at EPCAL, Toedter said; parking would be available near the ballfields. No access to the ballfields would need to be closed for the event, he said.

A professional firm would be brought it to run and manage the event, he added. 

The race would be held on Saturday, April 19, in advance of Earth Day on April 22, a Tuesday.

"It's good exercise," Councilman John Dunleavy commented.

Tickets would cost $25 and a portion would be donated to the town for signage on paths or something to promote recreational use, Toedter said.

Councilman George Gabrielsen reminded that the organizers of a survival race at EPCAL last year donated $4000 to the town and the Police Athletic League.

The board agreed the race would be a good idea and plans will commence to organize the event.


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