On Sunday September 13, don’t try to drive down Main Street in East Islip, Oakdale, Sayville, Bayport, Blue Point or Patchogue. A bunch of lunatics (er, actually just normal people who like to jog really long distances) will be running down the road from 8 a.m. until the last poor soul crosses the finish line (or after six hours, whichever comes first). For those of you who like to stand around a little more, you should come down, park your car and stroll up the sidelines to watch the runners jog by in the inaugural Suffolk County Marathon.
The route starts at Heckscher Park, runs (literally) down Main Street until Patchogue, then turns around and comes all the way back to Heckscher Park (26.2 miles to be exact, 13.1 for the half marathon). Spectators can line the route anywhere they choose and each downtown will have a variety of events, live music, food, drinks and the like to keep you entertained. The marathon is being down to support veterans and at the conclusion of the race, The Taste of Long Island event will kick off featuring live music, local craft beer, wine and food tastings and more.