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Catholic Health Services Partners Again with Suffolk County on 4th Annual Marathon

October 2nd, 2018

As Suffolk County gears up to again partner with Catholic Health Services (CHS) – the Medal of Honor Title Sponsor - on the 4th Annual Suffolk County Marathon and Freedom Fest, volunteers including physicians, nurses, advanced practice professionals, physical and respiratory therapists and more are preparing to assist as race medicine providers for the 26.2 mile race, the half marathon, 5K challenge and relay. Armed Forces units from throughout Suffolk County will also be competing to have the fastest group time in the newly announced County Executive Cup.

The race, which will start and end in Patchogue Village, will take place at 8 am on Sunday, October 28 and is expected to draw runners from across the country and around the world. With multiple options, including a 5k for walkers to intermediate runners, the Suffolk County Marathon attracts participants of all abilities.

The wet weather did not stop more than 1,600 runners from joining in on the festivities in 2017 making the grand total of money raised more than $400,000 over the four year period to support local veteran’s services. The funds were distributed to organizations that provide services for Suffolk County Veterans.

To encourage even more people to take part so that additional funds will be raised to help the growing number of service men and women who need assistance, teams of 30 or more receive a 10% discount on registration.

Catholic Health Services President and CEO Alan Guerci, MD, said “To help care for the thousands of runners and participants who cheer on their friends and families, clinicians from across Catholic Health Services will partner with Progressive Emergency Physicians and Hunter Ambulance at each of the first aid tents and the field hospital. That includes staff from Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, St. Charles Hospital, all located in Suffolk County.”

The Freedom Fest will begin at 9 am in the heart of downtown Patchogue just as the half marathoners are crossing the finish line. There will be live music and entertainment, free tastings from local wineries and food producers providing an assortment of delicacies.

There will also be a virtual run for those unable to attend but who would like to support our veterans. They can complete the marathon, half marathon or 5K at a time that is convenient and receive the same registration packet that contains a finisher’s medal and commemorative 4th Annual CHS Suffolk County Marathon and Half Marathon Support Our Veteran T-shirt. They will not be eligible in the competitive awards categories.

Race packets are available for pick up at the Sports and Fitness Expo that will be held at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue on Friday, October 26 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, October 27, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Expo is free and open to the public and residents, spectators, runners and their family and friends are invited to visit and see the many services and products that are offered. Registered runners MUST pick up their race packets to secure their numbers and timing chips.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the day’s activities. For those who may be interested please email

For additional information about the Marathon or to register, please visit