Update: The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce announced its Freedom Fest has been canceled for Sunday, Oct. 27. The musical festival, which typically takes place after the Suffolk County Marathon, was canceled due to the forecast of rain.
The Suffolk County Marathon will still be on, as it is a rain or shine event.
The fifth annual Suffolk County Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and Patchogue’s Freedom Fest all happens this Sunday, Oct. 27.
This year’s race, which raises money for local veterans groups, also features a 10K for the very first time, county officials said. Click here to register to run.
The festival starts at 9 a.m. and runs along West Main Street from around the Blue Point Brewery to Ocean Avenue, with the musical stage placed prominently in the Main Street and West Avenue intersection.
“The Suffolk County Marathon has become an annual rite of passage for runners and families all across Long Island,” said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. “The  event will be dedicated to the veterans of the greatest generation as we mark an important milestone, the 75th anniversary of D-Day, one of the most significant military operations in history.”
Bellone, a veteran himself, also runs in the marathon each year.
All four races begin and end in Patchogue Village.
Also this year, the newest Mets starting pitcher and Patchogue-Medford High School graduate Marcus Stroman will be firing off the race.
The full marathon runs from Patchogue westward into Blue Point, Bayport, Sayville, Oakdale, and Great River, then back. The course turns around in Heckscher State Park before entering the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River. The half marathon turns around on the former St. John’s University campus in Oakdale.
The festival kicks off shortly after the first marathon runners are expected to finish. Aside from the live music, the street festival will also include vendors that will highlight local craft breweries, local wines, and local food and produce. And it’s family friendly, with pumpkin painting, lawn games and other activities, according to the county.
The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce is lending its support as well for the festival.
“We’re very proud to work with the county on the Freedom Fest portion of the day, using our expertise, as we run so many events in the community,” said the chamber’s executive director, David Kennedy. “We feel it’s an honor that the Suffolk Marathon begins and ends in Patchogue and we’re the focal community for this event.”
“It’s also an honor to be working an event where all the proceeds support our veterans,” he added.
Local restaurants will also be setting up tables on the streets.
The eastern portion of the street festival is being billed as a car show, but even the threat of rain could keep the cars in their owners’ garages.
The race is rain or shine, no matter how inclement the weather, however the festival running is subject to the weather.
“Our intention is to run the festival as well, rain or shine,” said Kennedy, “as much as the weather will permit us to do it.”
Click here for the latest National Weather Service report.
All the runners get two free Blue Point brews upon finishing their races.
Recipients of 2018 Marathon Grant Funding:
Americas VetDogs, Disabled American Veterans Department of NY Services (DAVNY), Paws of War, Make It Count Foundation, United Veterans Beacon House, Project9Line, Association of Mental Health and Wellness, Touro College Jacob Fuchsberg Law Center, Kiwanis Club of the Islips and Bay Shore and RSVP/CCCP. Source: Suffolk County government