The 15th Eileen C. Dugan Memorial 5K Fun Run will be held at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Saturday, April 6 beginning at 9 a.m. The 3.1-mile course spans Brooklyn Bridge Park, with start and finish lines at Pier 6 (Atlantic Avenue & Furman Street).
Registration, through April 5, is available online at a cost of $25 per participant for a limit of 300; $30 day of, if available. Proceeds benefit the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s free park programs.
For more than 25 years, the Conservancy has been a leading community group advocating for the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Over the past decade, the Conservancy has provided free activities and events—cultural, educational and recreational. Eileen Dugan was born in Brooklyn in 1945 and served as a New York State Assemblywoman from 1980 to 1996. She was elected to represent the 52nd AD (Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, Sunset Park and Bay Ridge) for nine terms. In 1996, she died from breast cancer at age 51. Due to her early leadership and advocacy to create a public park on the Brooklyn waterfront, Eileen has been called the “Godmother of Brooklyn Bridge Park.”
Gift certificates from Jack Rabbit Sports will be awarded to the top 3 overall finishers (male and female), with T-shirts for all participants. Pick up runner numbers and shirts at Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, 334 Furman Street, on Thursday, April 4 (2-4 p.m.),
Friday, April 5 (4-7 p.m.) or at BBP’s Pier 6 Saturday, April 6 (7:30-8:30 a.m.).
For 13 years (1997-2009), the Eileen C. Dugan Run/Walk was held through the streets of Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill in early October, then organized by the Court Street Merchants Association. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy re-introduced it in 2012 at its new home, Brooklyn Bridge Park.