Sleepy’s will be a participating sponsor of six of the major events staged by the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) during this summer.
The six races are the Hope Runs Here Half Marathon in Shirley, which was held on June 14, the Runner’s Edge Long Island Women’s 5 Kilometer Run in Farmingdale on July 19, the Marcum Workplace Challenge at Jones Beach State Park on July 31, the Runner’s Edge-Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon and Junior Triathlon in Oyster Bay on Aug. 29-30, the inaugural Suffolk County Marathon and Half Marathon to Support our Veterans on Sept. 13, and the Bethpage Ocean to Sound 50 Mile Relay from Jones Beach to Oyster Bay on Sept. 27.
Various charities will be benefiting from these events, including the Long Island Two-Day Breast Cancer Walk and the Long Island breast cancer support groups that it supports, the Opening Word Program managed by the Dominican Sisters that teaches immigrant women English and other skills, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Long Island Children’s Museum, the Children’s Medical Fund of New York, Long Island Cares, Nassau County SPCA, the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay and various Suffolk County veteran support organizations.
Sleepy’s is the largest privately-owned and operated specialty mattress retailer in the U.S. and has been in business since 1957. Sleepy’s operates in more than 1,000 stores throughout 17 states, with 64 of those showrooms located here on Long Island.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Greater Long Island Running Club in supporting its efforts to promote healthier lifestyles here on Long Island,” said Sleepy’s vice president of divisional sales John Pergolizzi. “Sleepy’s is all about giving back to the community. We can think of no better way to do good things on Long Island than through our new partnership with the club and the charities it supports.”
Among those who were on hand as Sleepy’s and GLIRC made their announcement was Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker, who is also a major supporter of health and fitness programs on Long Island.
GLIRC is a nonprofit corporation whose charter is to help promote physical fitness through organizing running and multi-sports events, and to support worthy charitable endeavors that will enhance the quality of life here on Long Island. GLIRC, with a membership of more than 5,000 recreational athletes, is the second largest running club in New York State and one of the largest promoters of running and associated participatory sports events in the Northeast.