Eastern Long Island 5K, 10K and Half-Marathon 2014 Roundup

Make it a goal to foster family fitness this summer. Long Island hosts a number of races throughout the season, with the most prevalent being the 5K (3.1 miles). Area races provide the perfect opportunity to indulge in a burst of summer exercise. Funds raised benefit admirable charities, and many races offer discounted fees or shorter fun runs for younger kids. Check out a sampling of this summer’s lineup:

CONTRACTORS FOR KIDS 5K, LI RUNNING
4/26, 9:30 a.m. The 7th Annual 5K Walk/Run Health & Wellness Fair. $20 per person in advance/$25 day of event. Presented by Contractors for Kids and Three Village School District. Ward Melville High School, 380 Old Town Road, Setauket. contractorsforkids.org

ZOMBIE RACE LONG ISLAND MUD RUN
5/3, 9:30 a.m. A zombie-filled obstacle run 5K and 15K. Zombies will attempt to eat your brains. Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp, 3186 Sound Avenue, Riverhead. For pricing and more information: zombierace.co

6TH ANNUAL HITHER HILLS OFF-ROAD HALF MARATHON
5/4, 8 a.m. Fundraiser for Paddlers for Humanity. Pre-registration $65 or $100 for two-person relay team. Day of race $85/$150. Eddie Ecker Park at end of Navy Road, Montauk. p4h.org 

COURTNEY LYNN BLAKESLEE MEMORIAL 5K
5/10, 8 a.m. The 3rd Annual Courtney’s True Blue 5K; all proceeds go to the Courtney Lynn Blakeslee Foundation to offer financial support and provide children with the opportunity to enjoy some of life’s pleasures. Pre-registration $25/$15 kids under 15. Race-day registration $30. Cush Pavilion, 12 Corey Avenue, Blue Point. clbfoundation.com

BRIDGEHAMPTON HALF-MARATHON
5/10, 9 a.m. Run through Sagaponack and Bridgehampton to benefit the Nathaniel Rodgers house and the Bridgehampton Museum. $85 per person. Beebe Windmill, Ocean Road and Hildreth Avenue, Bridgehampton. bridgehamptonhalf.com

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEART RIDE
5/17, Starts at Rotations Bicycle Center in Southampton. Riders will ride 27, 59 or 100 miles through the heart of the Hamptons. Supports the American Heart Association and its lifesaving research, medical consumer education and public advocacy. $750 minimum fundraising amount americanheartride.org

HAMPTON BAYS SCHOOLS 7TH ANNUAL BAYMEN 5K RUN/WALK
5/17, 9 a.m. To benefit Hampton Bays Booster Club and the March of the Dimes. $15 for 16 and under/$20 for pre-registered adults/$25 day of race. Hampton Bays Middle School, 70 Ponquogue Avenue, Hampton Bays. 631-723-4700 hbschools.us

KARA’S HOPE 5K RUN/WALK FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
5/17, 10 a.m. Island Timing will provide official race results. Advance registration before 5/10: $20 for adults/$10 for youth 7–12, group rates available, late registration $25/$15. Southaven Park, Victory Avenue, Brookhaven. islandrunning.net

RUN 2 GLOW 5K FUN RUN/WALK
5/17, 5 p.m. An exciting evening run featuring “glow gear” and more. $50 per person; groups and teams of four or more receive a $5 discount per member. Brookhaven Volunteer Firefighters Museum, Ridge. run2glow.com

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION 5K RUN/WALK
5/18, 8 a.m. registration, 10:15 a.m. start time. Raises awareness of heart disease as the No. 1 killer of both men and women. Run through Pugliese Vineyards, 34515 Main Road, Cutchogue. $30 preregister by 5/16, $35 day-of race. Children under the age of 16, $15 in advance, $20 day-of. healingheart5k.orgEate

7TH ANNUAL CHRISTOPHER’S RUN 5K
6/7, 9:30 a.m. Benefits the Christopher Lester Fund; proceeds go to Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant Program at Duke University. $25 pre-registered/$30 day of race/$5 kids’ fun run. Agawam Park, Southampton at Veteran’s Hall. christophersrun.com

35TH ANNUAL SHELTER ISLAND RUN 10K
6/21, 5:30 p.m. Benefits three different local charities. $35 prior to June 19, $45 after. 5K Fun Walks for all ages. Shelter Island accessible via ferry. shelterislandrun.com

SOUTHAMPTON ROTARY FIRECRACKER 8K RUN 
7/6, 8 a.m. To benefit the Southampton Rotary Scholarship Fund. $25 before July 4/$30 day of race. 25 Pond Lane, Southampton.firecracker8k.com

For more information on races throughout the summer, visit Events.DansPapers.com.

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