September 7, Staff Report
About 500 participants will be taking part in a 5K run at Astoria Park this Saturday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Hellgate Bridge.
The fun run, which is part of a series of events put together by a committee led by Antonio Maloni to celebrate the 100-year milestone, is for both runners and walkers and will begin at 9:00am. Before the run, there will be a 100 meter kid’s race scheduled to begin at 8:30 am.
Race director and longtime runner Jessica Tusing said she and the Hellgate Road Runners Club are honored to host such a memorable event and to be partnered with the online news publication Astoria Post.
“As a running club, our members have ran in at least fifty different events throughout the years, including marathons and triathalons, but none of them make us feel as proud as being able to host such a 5K here in our backyard of Astoria,” said Tusing.
“The Astoria waterfront and the park are great places to run and people who don’t know that will see that when they take part in the 5K fun run,” said Christian Murray, publisher of the Astoria Post parent company, Outer Boro Media.
Online registration for the 5K and kid’s 100 meter dash ends tomorrow, Friday, September 8th at 5:00 pm, but last minute runners will be able to sign up in person at the Astoria Park basketball court beginning 8:00 am, Saturday morning.
Registration for the 5K is $30, but children below the age of 11 are free to participate as long as they still register online or in person.
Bag drop offs will be accepted, but due to the number of expected attendees, it is recommended that last minute sign ups arrive earlier than 8:00 am to line up and ensure timely registration.
The Hellgate Road Runners-Astoria Post 5K event will also include a post-race party at Singlecut Beersmiths located at 19-33 37th Street at 12:00 pm, where items will be raffled off for those who participated in the 5K.
Additionally, free chair massages will be made available in Astoria Park by Unlimited Body NY , limited only to registered participants.
The full race day schedule and other events scheduled for the Hellgate Bridge’s 100th birthday are as follows:
8:00am – Packet Pickup / Same Day Registration (Basketball Court on Shore Blvd)
8:00am – Bag Drop Off (Basketball Court on Shore Blvd)
8:30am – Kid’s 100m Dash (starting at the corner of Shore Blvd & Ditmars – click here for course map of the route)
9:00am – 5K Fun Run (starting near Great Lawn on Shore Blvd – see course map for route)
10:00am – Awards (Great Lawn)
10:30am – Little Ones Parade (Shore Blvd)
11:00am – 100 Year Hellgate Bridge Service, 9/11 Service, & Veterans Memorial Service
12pm – An afterparty will be hosted at Singlecut Beersmiths, 19-33 37th Street, Astoria, NY 11105. RSVP & information here.
Sponsors of the 5K include:
Gold Sponsors: Singlecut Brewery, Astoria Post, Argo Real Estate, Astoria Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, Green Blender, Bibswitch, Soundworks Recording Studio, LightAtMyWindow, Brooklyn Bagels, T-Studio Event Space, Aggressive Energy
Bronze Sponsors: Astoria Bier & Cheese Ditmars, New York City Bagel & Coffee House, Brady’s Bar, New York on Foot, Inside Astora