5K for the Bay
The race last year drew 300 participants. This year, organizers are hoping that number will increase to 500.

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5K for the Bay

Story By: ANTHONY PERROTTA
4/12/2018


SAYVILLE—Blue Island Oyster Company will be hosting their second annual 5K on Saturday, April 28 to help protect the Great South Bay. Proceeds from the event, which is sanctioned by USA Track & Field, will benefit Operation Blue Earth and Save the Great South Bay. The course begins in Foster Park on Foster Avenue and continues along the Great South Bay and waterways of south Sayville. 

Last year’s run saw 300 participants, according to Blue Island Oyster director of events Rose Bastian. “This year we’re planning on 500 participants,” she said. 

Bastian, a Sayville resident, also noted that participants would receive a custom tote bag, which the organization sees as a more environmentally conscious choice than just another T-shirt. “We hope to see the tote bags around town being used for groceries and shopping to eliminate plastic bags,” she added. 

Brendon Barrett, co-owner of Sayville Running Company, finished first in last year’s 5K and will be running again later this month. He called the event a “good cultural fit” because many local residents enjoy running. “It’s a great cause and we’re looking to help out any way we can,” Barrett said, adding that he was “lucky enough to finish first last year.” 

Blue Island Oyster Company began in 1995, with founder Chris Quartuccio scuba diving for oysters in the Long Island Sound and delivering them fresh daily to chefs in New York City. The business has since grown immensely and is now recognized as the No. 1 oyster and clam distributor in the New York area. 

Operation Blue Earth, which was founded in early 2015, looks to raise awareness of the harmful effects lawn fertilizers have on the Great South Bay and encourage the community to make a change. 

Save the Great South Bay is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the 45-mile-long lagoon between Long Island and Fire Island. The organization advocates for local stewardship in each of the communities that line the South Shore, from Lindenhurst to Patchogue, through their Creek Defender Program. 

They also seek to reintroduce bivalves into the Great South Bay and its estuary through environmental remediation through their Shellfish Restoration Program, and advocate for bay-friendly, chemical fertilizer- and pesticide-free yards through their “I Love Long Island” Campaign. 

Online registration for the event will close on Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. Price: $25. Registration will be available Friday, April 27 at Sayville Running Company on Main Street from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted. Price: $30. Race day registration will be available Saturday, April 28 at Sayville Marina Park on Foster Avenue from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. Cash and checks are accepted. Price: $30. The race starts at 8 a.m.