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Kings Park 5K returns to Nissequogue River State Park
After a course change last year caused by ongoing demolition work, an annual fundraising race at Kings Park’s Nissequogue River State Park will begin and end inside the park Saturday.
The 5K Sunset Run/Walk for the Park, and a 1K fun run for children, are set to step off near the corner of St. Johnland and Old Dock roads. Start times are 5 p.m. for the fun run and 5:30 p.m. for the 5K race.
Last year, preparations for the tearing down of more than a dozen abandoned buildings at the site forced organizers to start and finish at nearby William T. Rogers Middle School, said John McQuaid, president of the Nissequogue River State Park Foundation. Most demolition work has been completed.
“We are now able to get back into the park and start it and finish it in the park,” McQuaid said.
The race, in its fifth year, raises several thousand dollars annually for the foundation, a community group that supports park improvements. McQuaid said he expects this year’s race to exceed the 450 runners and walkers who took part last year.
Fees are $21 for 5K participants who register online at ourstatepark.com, or $25 Saturday. The entry fee for the fun run is $10.
For more information, go to ourstatepark.com or call 631-848-8587.