Eileen C. Dugan Memorial Run to be held in Brooklyn Bridge Park

March 18, 2013 St. Francis College
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The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, St. Francis College, and Brooklyn Bridge Park will partner for the second year in a row and welcome the 15th Eileen C. Dugan Memorial 5K back to Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

The race, enjoyed by more than 200 participants in 2012, will return to the Brooklyn waterfront on Saturday, April 6 at 9 a.m.

“After such a successful kick-off in 2012, the Conservancy is pleased to welcome back the popular Eileen Dugan Memorial Run,” said Nancy Webster, executive director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “The enthusiasm of the runners and the community was so strong that we’re welcoming even more runners to the race in 2013–it’s going to be a great event.”

The 3.1-mile race remembers Eileen Dugan, who was a New York State Assemblymember from 1980 to 1996. She represented the local 52nd AD for nine terms. In 1996, Eileen passed away from breast cancer at the age of 51. Her early leadership and advocacy to create a public park on the Brooklyn waterfront were instrumental in making Brooklyn Bridge Park a reality.

“We are delighted to host the Annual Eileen C. Dugan Memorial 5K in the park again,” said Regina Myer, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park. “Assemblywoman Eileen Dugan advocated for Brooklyn Bridge Park tirelessly and honoring her memory at the park is a wonderful tribute. Last year’s event was a great success and we are looking forward to having even more participants this year.”

“Holding the Eileen C. Dugan run last year at Brooklyn Bridge Park for the first time gave special meaning to the event,” said St. Francis College President Brendan J. Dugan, the late assemblywoman’s brother. “Just one year later, our runners will now enjoy so much more of this beautiful park and continue to honor the memory of my sister Eileen whose dream has been realized with this beautiful park.”

For 13 years, the Eileen Dugan Run was a tradition on the streets of Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill. This year’s course in Brooklyn Bridge Park will begin and end at the Pier 6 entrance at Atlantic Avenue, and will cover the park from the Pier 5 playing fields to Jane’s Carousel.

The run is limited to the first 300 entrants. All proceeds will benefit the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s free events and activities in the park.

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