The 45th annual Long Beach Island Commemorative 18 Mile Run is set for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 8 in Holgate, the southernmost point of LBI. Participants will run north on Long Beach Boulevard for 18 miles and finish at Barnegat Light State Park.
The event is sponsored by St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, in cooperation with the LBI Jewish Community Center.
The run began in 1973 in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes who were taken hostage and killed during the Munich Olympics in 1972. “The killing of those innocent athletes was one of the most horrific acts of terrorism the world had ever seen,” said race director Mike Thompson.
The race has since also been dedicated to those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Mile markers, bearing the names of the victims of both tragedies, are posted along the race course.
Buses will be provided on race day for registered runners, and will begin leaving from the community center to the starting line at 8 a.m. Buses will also run from the finish line to the community center. The finish line closes at 2:15 p.m. All runners are invited to a recognition luncheon at the community center immediately following the race.
Applications are now being accepted, and registration will continue to race day. Applications are available at the community center or by visiting www.stfranciscenterlbi.org or www.RaceForum.com.LBI.
For more information, call the community center at 609-494-8861.