Port Washington Winter Run

Sat February 9, 2019 Port Washington, NY US 11050 Directions
Town of North Hempstead Beach Park
175 West Shore Road
Port Washington, NY US 11050

The Port Washington Winter Run is a 5 Mile Run starting and finishing in North Hempstead Beach Park.  The 5 Mile loop starts in the park and heads north and then south along West Shore Road, ending with a 1/4 mile stretch along Hempstead Harbor in the Park.  This race is only open to participants ages 21 and older.  All participants will receive a long-sleeve dri-fit shirt.  Finishers receive a medal.  There will be a Post Race Party in a heated tent with food and beer.  Non-runners can join the party for a $10 donation, payable on race day.  Proceeds benefit the Community Chest of Port Washington, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization whose mission is to give grants to charities that serve Port Washington residents and to provide below-cost rent to charities, helping them fulfill their missions.  


Race Guidelines
  • Minimum age is 21.
  • This is a USATF sanctioned race.
  • Race will be converted to a 5K if the road conditions dictate such a change.
  • Strollers, skateboards, bicycles and dogs are not permitted.
  • Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • To minimize road closure times (and inconvenience to residents along West Shore Road, the Run is open to participants with a running pace of 15:00, and a finish time not to exceed 75 minutes
Race Contact Info

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Race Packet Pick Up

Race packet includes dri-fit long-sleeved t-shirt and race bib.  Pick up Friday, February 8, 2019 5:00-9:00 PM at Community Chest of Port Washington, 382 Main Street, Ground floor conference room (entrance on Main Street) or Saturday, February 9, 2019 7:00-7:45 AM at North Hempstead Beach Park Parking Lot

Awards & Medals

At race end, awards based on GUN TIME will be given to the top three athletes overall, male/female and top three athletes, male/female in each age group: 21-25; 26-30; 31-35; 36-40; 41-45; 46-50; 51-55; 56-60; 61-65; 66-70; 71 +.  Unclaimed awards can be picked up at the Community Chest of Port Washington, 382 Main Street, Port Washington, NY after the race.  Call 767-2121.

Timing and Results

Race bibs have an embedded timing chip.  Timing and place based on chip time is calculated by Finish Line Road Race Technicians (FLRRT) and posted at the finish line and after the race at FLRRT.com.  

Post Event Party

Post-race we will be hosting a party in a heated tent in the North Hempstead Beach Park parking lot.  We have delicious food, sandwiches, dessert and music by Off Peak --  a local "Dad" band. Beer is sponsored by the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company--treating us to several of their unique and delicious brews. No one under the age of 21 will be allowed to register for the race. For runners your bib is your entry ticket to the party.  Friends and relatives can join the post-race party for a donation of $10 per person.  They will be issued a wrist band which will be their entry ticket to the party.  These can be purchased on site at the event.  




There are many sponsorship opportunities still available.  All sponsors will be recognized at the run, in press, social media and links on our website.  We welcome the opportunity to talk about how we can meet your marketing needs with a sponsorship.  Please call (516) 767-2121 or email info@portchest.org.

The Peter & Jeri Dejana Family Foundation is our Event Sponsor.

All sponsors will be on the back of the t-shirt given out to runners. 

Race Course Map

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Why is the Run at 8AM, if the party after is a beer/food party? Excellent question.  It certainly would have made logical sense to start a winter beer run later in the day. We are only able to close the roads early in the morning so as not to inconvenience the residents of Port Washington.
  • Is there race day registration?
    No, registration is on-line only and closes on January 24, 2019.
  • Can my friend or family member pick up my packet?
  • How are awards determined? Awards are based on GUN TIME. If you feel that you might be in contention for an award, make sure to line up near the front of the pack by your pace sign.
  • Where can I see race results?
    Race results will be posted on the side of the FLRRT truck.  Complete race results will be available at  www.FLRRT.com by noon on 2/9/19
  • When does online registration close?
    On-line registration closes on January 24, 2019 at midnight.
  • When and where can we pick up our packets?
    Race Packet Pick Up is on Friday, February 8th from 5pm – 9pm at the Community Chest of Port Washington, Ground floor conference room or Saturday 2/9 7am-7:45am at the start of the race.
  • Is there a rain date?
    In the event of dangerous road conditions, the run will be converted to a 5k or cancelled, depending on police instructions.
    After registering I realize I cannot participate Do you offer refunds?
    Unfortunately we do not offer refunds as funds are invested into the event well ahead of time.
  • Can I transfer allow someone else to use my bib? No, because the race results are calculated based on the runner’s gender and age.  If you mix up bibs, the race results are skewed.
  • Are there refreshments after the race?
    We are having a party in a heated tent after the race.  There will be delicious hot food, sandwiches, beer, water and dessert.
  • I am not interested in the beer party, is there a different price for party-free running?
    The price is the same for beer drinkers and teetotalers. 
  • Are there bathrooms available for the runners?
    We will have portable toilets for your use.  They are located inside the Hempstead Harbor Beach Park parking lot.
  • Can I run with my dog? Dogs are not permitted for safety reasons.  This is a USA Track and Field (USATF) sanctioned race.  We follow all USATF rules and regulations.  
  • Are headphones permitted?
    Headphones are permitted.  Make sure, however, that you can hear all course and safety instructions from volunteers and police officers.
  • Is there a place to put my valuables when I am running?
    Yes, we will have a clothing check.
  • Where do I park? There is plenty of parking at the parking fields of the Bar Beach/Hempstead Harbor Beach area.
  • When do the roads close to traffic? Two lanes of West Shore Road (Between Fairway Drive and Beacon Hill Road) will close at 8AM.  If you are a Port Washington resident and need to speak with someone about the road closures, please call the Community Chest at (516) 767-2121
  • Who are the charities associated with the event?
    The Port Washington Winer Run benefits the Community Chest of Port Washington, a charity that raises money for 25 + local programs providing vital services for our neighbors in need.
  • I want to participate, but can't walk or run, how can I volunteer? Contact jrizzo@portchest.org or 767-2121 for volunteer information.
  • What if none of these questions is my question?
    If you have any unanswered questions, email us at jmeerharnick@portchest.org.  We promise you an answer. 

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Traffic and Road Closures

The Community Chest is respectful of inconvenience to residents living along West Shore Road and in Beacon Hill.  For that reason, and to minimize any lane closure times, the Winter Run is open to participants with a running pace of 15:00, and a finish time not to exceed 75 minutes.  For residents travelling East/South from Beacon Hill, West Shore Road will be closed from 7:30 AM to 9 AM.  For cars traveling North on West Shore Road from Roslyn, West Shore Road will be closed just north of Fairway Drive.  Fairway Drive will be accessible from the south and exiting traffic must turn right.  Residents of Beacon Hill Colony will be able to exit the neighborhood heading north/west on Marginal Road.



All participants will be able to park in the Hempstead Harbor Beach Park parking lot where there is plenty of parking.  

Make sure to arrive by 7:30 AM as West Shore Road will close at 7:30 AM for the safety of all participants and residents.

The start/finish is in this lot as is the post-race party.