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The Inaugural Suffolk County Marathon

August 19, 2015

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Residents of Suffolk County and more, with over 1,600 registered runners from all around, are ready to get stepping with the first ever Suffolk County Marathon!  The event takes place on September 13th, planned in conjunction with Suffolk County Veterans Services and a collection of other community organizations, with the proceeds gathered going to benefit veteran services in our county.  Split in to two lengths, the full and half marathons, the path of the run makes its way through the scenic towns along the stunning Great South Bay.  After crossing the finish line stick around for the Taste of Long Island Festival, where Suffolk County’s finest food and drink will be waiting for you (Runners get in free!)

Suffolk County is home to the largest population of veterans in New York State.  In addition to benefiting veterans services, and to further honor local heroes, the marathon will have a special veterans race category for all active military and retired veterans. The marathon will additionally host a “Wounded Warrior” and Paralympics component.

It all kicks off, and finishes, on the waterfront of the Great South Bay at Heckscher State Park in East Islip.  From there runners will head up the parkway and begin heading east at Montauk Highway, continuing past Byron Lake Park and Bourne Mansion.  At this point the half marathon runners will loop around and begin the trek back to Heckscher, taking a detour through the lovely Bayard Cutting Arboretum along the way.  Runners going the full distance will continue through Sayville, Bayport and Blue Point before finally turning around at Main Street in Patchogue.

This event is sure to be more than just a run.  If you’re close to a runner, bring the whole family!  The marathon bears gifts for everyone with fun along the route such as downtown festivals held in conjunction with the race, live music and entertainment, food, drink and more.  As a spectator use sponsor provided shuttles to get around it all, and make it back to Heckscher in time to see the finish.  The Taste of Long Island Festival takes place at the conclusion of the marathon and will feature live musical entertainment, highlighting our local craft breweries, award winning wines, and local food and produce. No more running after the fact; Suffolk County comes to you in this case, with free tastings for all race participants.

So prepare yourselves, the day is rapidly approaching!  Head to to find out more about the event, as well as get some information on where you can stay if you’re coming from out of town.  Interested in getting the best out of your trip?  Check out some of the Hotel Deals available during the event:

Bowen’s by the Bays

Location: 177 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays
Rates/Availability: $469 plus tax for 2 guests staying 2 nights, or $179 plus tax for Sunday 9/13 only
Phone: 631.728.1158

UPSKY Long Island Hotel

Location: 110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Hauppauge
Rates/Availability: $129.00 for Saturday 9/12, inquire about Sunday 9/13
Phone: 631.233.4320

Residence Inn by Marriott Holtsville

Location: 25 Middle Avenue, Holtsville
Rates/Availability: 40 rooms available each night (Friday & Saturday)
$199.00 Studio Suite, $209.00 one bedroom suite
Phone: 631-475-9500

Hampton Inn Islandia

Location: 1600 Veterans Memorial Highway, Islandia
Rates/Availability: 60 rooms available each night (Friday & Saturday)
9/11/15 rate is $179.00 King & $209.00 Double
9/12/15 rate is $209.00 King & $239.00 Double
9/13/15 rate is $139.00 King & $129.00 Double
Phone: 631-234-0400

Hyatt Place Long Island/East End

Location: 451 E. Main Street, Riverhead
Rates/Availability: 30 rooms available/ two night minimum
$399 plus tax for the 9/12-9/13 or $199 9/13-9/14
Phone: 631.208.0002

Islandia Marriott

Location: 3635 Express Drive North, Islandia
Rates/Availability: $169.95/night
Phone: 631.232.1222

Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate

Location: 135 West Gate Drive, Huntington
Rates/Availability: Friday and Saturday sold out. Sunday 10 rooms available
$395/night for Whitney rooms including continental breakfast
Phone: 631.659.1400

Hilton Long Island

Location: 598 Broad Hollow Road, Melville
Rates/Availability: $175 per room/per night
Phone: 1-800-Hiltons
To Claim: Call 1-800-Hiltons and request the Suffolk County Marathon Rate.  The special rate will be available till August 20, 2015.

Hotel Indigo

Location: 1830 West Main Street, Riverhead
Rates/Availability: Sold out Saturday, $139 + tax/room Sunday 9/13
Phone: 631.369.2200

Hyatt Regency Long Island at Wind Watch Golf Club

Location: 1717 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge
Rates/Availability: $149.00 plus tax per room/per night either for a king size or two double bed
Phone: 631.582.8284

Beachfront Hotel

Location: 67 Front Street, Jamesport
Studios (sleeps 2-4)
$329 per night (1 night)
$299 per night (2 nights)
$249 per night (3 + nights)
Suites (sleeps 4-7)
$389 per night (1 night)
$359 per night (2 nights)
$299 per night (3+ nights)
Phone: 631.722.3458


Location: 326 Front Street, Greenport
Deal with Proof of Participation: “We would like to invite you to enjoy a complimentary signature cocktail du jour or glass of house wine on Sunday during “Cocktail Thyme” between 4pm-6:30pm

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