"To those looking for a leader in the industry hosting a running race: I have had the pleasure of working with the President of Strong Island Running Club, Mr. John McHugh. John is a gentlemen and cares deeply about helping that goes way beyond the numbers. When we were first getting started John went to me at the Riverhead Town Board to help get our run in place. He also showed up at many meeting to give his insight and perspective on where he believes he can help guide you (if you have never run an actual race before). On day of event John and his team are already on site and welcoming everyone to our event. He handles everything from creating the Bibs and get the shirts to helping getting volunteers to help day of event. His strength is making sure the run goes smoothy. He is always positive and his fees are nominal compared to all the extra work he has done with us. John also volunteered to help us set up for our “Walk of Valor” which is separate from our RUN for free! John is a consummate professional who wants to see those running a race an wonderful experience. I highly recommend his service."

-Peter Fertig, President, Bob Feller Act of valor foundation, race director - Run4Life / Walk4Valor 

"Our annual Walk4Valor and Run4Life events would not have been successful two years running if not for the professional support we received from Strong Island Running Club. Strong Island and its founder John were instrumental in providing a safe and efficient method of tracking our participants and capturing their efforts during the 22 mile walk and 5K run. I would highly recommend Strong Island Running Club as the organization to use to run your fundraising race." 

 -Charles J. Sanders, Commander of American Legion Post 803, walk4valor

"Our organization has been using Strong Island Running Club for our annual 5k for 5 years now and every year is a great experience! We love working with John and his team. They are friendly, accommodating and well organized. From set up to break down, John and his team make it flawless. I feel that our little 5k is growing every year which is a wonderful thing. I highly recommend using Strong Island Running Club if you are planning to organize a race for your organization!"

 -Alex O'Brien, Race Director, ELIH 5K

Hi John,
 a wonderful, seamless event. We love when they get off without a hitch!

Be sure to know we are recommending you to whoever we can, You are a pleasure to work with.

 Looking forward to next year! 

-Gloria Schreiber, Race Director

The Life Center of Long Island 5K

"No question, hands down-the best timing service on the island! I would not go withanyone else-I've signed them up again for next year's race-The 22nd Annual JoeKeany5K Run-Miller Place, NY. Strong Island Running Club sets your mind at ease as a race director. They pay attention to every detail and offer the latest in services."

-jaCKIE fEE rOSE - rACE dIRECTOR, Joe Keany Memorial 5K

"We are so looking forward to Pride next year and having you guys participate with the 5K. Great run today."


"The organization and trail support Was very well done. Looking forward to the 15k in April.Regards"

-Dianne JiranekHi

"to all who made this race possible, I just wanted to send you a huge thank you for allowing me to participate as I only could only walk & not run.Thank you for your encouragement & thank you for staying so late for me to finish!!"

-Nancy G #2341

"Hey John, Just wanted to thank you and let you know that today’s Half Marathon was awesome.I spoke to a lot of runners after the race and they all agreed.Your organization did a tremendous job. The course was great, well marked and challenging. The raffle prizes were top shelf and we all enjoyed the awards ceremony. You did a great job bud. Happy holidays to you and your family. See you next year!"