Hundreds of Long Islanders woke themselves out of their New Year's slumber to put rubber to Eisenhower Park's pavement for Long Island Road Runners’ 35th annual New Year's Day Hangover Fun Run.
The 5-mile race required participants to make five trips around the pavement in front of the Parking Field 2 field house in the East Meadow park.
“It all started with the original members and over the years it just built up,” said Fred Haslett, president of Long Island Road Runners. “It’s our way of giving back to the runners.”
More than 280 people came out in the unusually warm day to participate. It was a nice change, Haslett said, from last year when snow plows had to clear a path in the snow for the race.
Daniel Multer, 17, of Merrick was one of the first runners to complete the race. He and his father, Corey, were at the race after plans to run in the New York Road Runner’s Emerald Nuts Midnight Run in Central Park fell through. The Kennedy High School track athlete finished the race in 38:16 after a night of little sleep, he said.
“I saw it was a hangover run, but it was more of a no-sleep run,” said Multer, who stayed up late to watch the Times Square ball drop on TV.
Nicholas Rice, 13, of East Meadow placed 11th, finishing in about 35 minutes. For Rice, who said he runs about three and a half miles a day, placing in the top 20 was a personal victory for him.
“It feels good,” he said. “It feels like all that running came in handy today.”
Michael Yang, 20, of Oceanside was the first to complete the race, which he said he joined simply to have some camaraderie on the road. The Lipscomb University cross-country athlete, who said he runs every day to stay in shape, completed the 5-mile run in 28:30.
“I wasn’t that fast, but it was just an effort to get my legs moving after cross season,” he said. “And it’s New Year’s. It’s fun to just come out and see other runners, mostly.”