Run for Fun and a Good Cause at Rockaway Beach this Fall

Are you ready to get running this fall? When the summer heat starts to dial down in the fall months, it is the perfect time to head out for a run on Rockaway Beach, or along the Rockaway Boardwalk. If you love a good jog, why not join your friends and neighbors, support a good cause, and get in shape too with the Rockaway Running Series? This extension of the Rockapulco Summer Series, which began in 2001, hosts and sponsors its very own set of runs on Thursday evenings in Rockaway, plus special races and runs. If you live at Arverne By The Sea, it is the perfect opportunity to enjoy boardwalk racing and a full calendar of annual events—including The Rockaway Marathon.


Upcoming Runs

So what runs are coming up for this fall? Try one or try to beat your time as you race them all with great options and good causes, such as:


Run for RETT

On Saturday October 24, 2015, put on your best running-friendly Halloween costume and join in the Run for RETT. Beginning at 12pm at B. 102nd Street and the Boardwalk, kids and adults will run to support Valentina Priolo. This charity event will benefit Valentina, who lives with RETT syndrome—a disease that exhibits symptoms of cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s. When you race, you become one of Val’s Pals!

An after party will be heled at The Community House following the race. All race participants get one free drink, and prizes will be awarded in kid and adult categories for the best costumed runners. Festivities on the day are to include raffles, 50/50 draws, face painting, pumpkins, and a DJ for the kids. The kids race will be a 200-meter run, followed by a 5k run or walk.

Race day registration is available at 10am at The Community House. The donation amount to participate is $10 for children and $25 for adults. Further information is available at


Turkey Day 5K

On Thanksgiving Day, get nice and hungry by starting the holiday off with the Turkey Day 5K in Rockaway Park. To be held at 10:30am on November 26, 2015, this event is sponsored by the Rockaway Gliders. There is a race day registration fee of $25. Number pickup will be held from 9:30am to 10:15am at 114-06 Beach Channel Drive


Santa Shuffle 5K 

On December 19, 2015, head to Beach 95th Street and the Rockaway Boardwalk to run like Santa—or at least in his suit. When you register for the Santa Shuffle 5K, you receive a Santa suit to be picked up on the day of the race at Connolly’s Bar between 10am to 10:45am. The race begins at 11am, and there will be plenty of holiday cheer to go around—plus goodies for all participants. The post-race party is sure to be a blast!


The Rockaway Gliders

The local running club, known as The Rockaway Gliders, works to support local events and encourage runners of all ages and abilities to keep moving. There is plenty to do, and runners from all walks of life find a way to get involved and participate in events. As a community-minded group, they use their runs to benefit everyone. To learn more, visit the website at

For more information about upcoming runs, and to learn how you can register to run or otherwise volunteer or get involved, please visit the Rockapulco Run website at