QPL at 2017 Run the River

The Queens Public Library team at the 2017 Run the River 5K.

Queens Public Library is once again partnering with the Randall’s Island Park Alliance for Run the River, a 5K race on Randall’s Island!

Whatever your experience or background, you can run with us to help protect the waterways, wetlands, and recreational areas of Randall’s Island Park on Saturday, September 21 at 9:30am.

Studies show that an hour of running can add seven hours to the length of your life! Running reduces your stress, improves the health of your heart, and helps ease symptoms of depression. Even kids benefit from running—it builds their endurance for other sports and activities and helps them do better in school.

At Run the River 5K, you’ll enjoy beautiful scenery, a post-race party, a children’s fun run, prizes, and giveaways. It’s a great activity for novice runners, seasoned racers, and families who want to stay active and boost their fitness together in the great outdoors.

Plus, Queens Public Library patrons will receive $5 off the registration fee when they register at https://nycruns.com/races/?race=run-the-river-5k with the special promo code FRIENDOFQPL5. (You must create a NYCRUNS account to register.)

And if you need help getting ready for the race, the Randall’s Island Park Alliance is hosting Open Track Nights with a running coach at Icahn Stadium every Thursday at 6pm; visit https://randallsisland.org/events for more information.

We’ll see you at Randall’s Island this September for a day of running and family fun!

Dennis M. Walcott at Run the River

Running Advice from Dennis Walcott

Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott (in cap) has joined the QPL team for each of its Run the River campaigns. Walcott is an avid runner, and offers these suggestions for people running with us this year at Randall’s Island Park:

  • “Stay within yourself and run at the pace that you feel comfortable with.”
  • “Use the environment of Run the River to motivate yourself. The racecourse is unconventional and very compelling.”
  • “Enjoy the ambiance of Randall’s Island Park during the race. It really is one of New York City’s most unique natural environments. It’s easy to remember that we’re also running to help protect and support the park.”
  • “Above all else, enjoy this wonderful community of runners and have a great time!”