OCTOBER 28, 2018 – 8:00AM

Support our veterans with a marathon, half marathon, 5K and relay races through Suffolk’s downtowns, parks and waterfronts. Post-race celebrate with the Taste of Long Island Festival featuring live music, great food, and local award-winning wines and craft brews. All proceeds directly support veterans and veteran’s services. Not a runner? Donate here to support veterans and come enjoy the Freedom Festival celebration.



FreedomFest: A Taste of Long Island Festival 






The FreedomFest Taste of Long Island Festival will begin at 9:00am, shortly before the first Half Marathoners will finish, and will take place right in the heart of downtown Patchogue. The event will feature live musical entertainment and will highlight our local craft breweries, award-winning wines, and farm to table food and produce. Try signature dishes as restaurants will be serving up their favorites at the much anticipated FreedomFest. Free tasting will be given to all race participants.

Bring friends and family to join in the fun by attending the downtown festivals that will be held right along the race route. The best part – with the finish line located right in beautiful downtown Patchogue, you can enjoy the festivities and still see your loved one cross the finish line.

More than a 26.2 Mile Marathon – Take part in the other Suffolk County Marathon Events

Completing a Marathon is no easy task. Run through the vibrant downtowns of Long Island’s shores during the 26.2 mile Suffolk County Marathon course. If you’re not up for a full marathon just yet, take part in the half marathon, 5K walk/run and 4-member relay. Whether running alone or completing it with a group of friends or family, there are activities for all abilities and ages.


How to Get Here

Travel hassle free on the LIRR with a train station in Patchogue stopping throughout Long Island and traveling to the heart of Manhattan. Fly in and out of Long Island MacArthur Airport to the center of Long Island with 16 direct, non-stop flights. Also, travel car-free with the ferries, limo services, car rentals and ride share services. For a full list of transportation options, click here


Run, Stay & Play on Long Island

Just outside of New York City, you’ll find 120 miles of sparkling beaches, iconic sites, quaint downtowns, world-renowned wine country, and luxurious properties.  From scenic running paths to relaxing spa days, Long Island provides the ultimate run, stay and play destination for Suffolk County marathon-goers in New York City’s beachfront backyard. Plan your Long Island getaway today.

Training Guides & Runs

Train for the big day in one of Long Island’s many scenic parks.  Long Island has dozens of gorgeous parks and preserves with flat and hilly paths perfect for hiking. Whether running along the beach or a shaded trail along a wooded bluff, find inspiration in one of our local parks to help shape your training. For more helpful hints, follow the Suffolk County Marathon Training Guide.

Running spots to check-out: Camp Hero State Park, Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, Hecksher State Park







Where to Stay

Travelers looking to stay and play on Long Island can choose from a wide variety of accommodations that meet every need and budget. From hotels with rich history, beachside resorts and charming bed and breakfasts, Long Island offers something for everyone. Choose between luxury properties and family-friendly finds for a marathon getaway.


Spa Bound  

Plan a pre- or post-race stay at one of Long Island’s many spa hotels for the ultimate mind, body and soul rejuvenation.  You’ll find the Inn and Spa at East Wind, located in Long Island Wine Country, has everything from invigorating sea mud wraps to Arom-assage and Reike to balance the body’s energy to help promote deep relaxation. Or, Gurney’s Inn and Seawater Spa Resort in Montauk has an acclaimed spa renowned for its healing treatments and ocean-fed seawater pool, the only pool of its kind in North America. Plan a relaxing stay at one of Long Island full service hotels and resorts.







Adventure Awaits

With unforgettable experiences on land, sea and in the sky, thrill-seekers can embark on the adventure of a lifetime in Long Island. Visit the Long Island Adventure park, where you’ll find a tree top course and zip-lining fun. You can still rent a kayak before the winter chill starts to set in or take a paddle boarding lesson. For an upbeat and high-speed adventure, head over to RPM Raceway for the latest in high-performance, all-electric, emission-free indoor karts capable of speeds of 45 MPH. In the center of all the action, take part in Food Done It – Edible Mystery Tours right in Patchogue. This adventure adds a twist to the typical food tour, bar crawl and scavenger hunt by combining them for the ultimate experience. A crime has been committed and the only way to solve the mystery is to eat your way through it at 6 different locations.


Unwind & Imbibe

Long Island is home to over 70 wineries, breweries and distilleries.  With so much to do, you could plan a Wine Country getaway for a couple days, relax in a sweet B&B, enjoy the catch-of-the-day at a local seafood shack, visit our farm stands for local produce and hand-made treats, shop our small villages, and sample some local varietals.  Or if you prefer local brews and spirits, you can create your own adventure along the Long Island Craft Beverage Trail.

 Download our 2018 Official Travel Guide