Beautiful June-like weather greeted the big field of runners who journeyed to Kings Park on Saturday morning, March 7 to take part in the 12th Annual Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid Kings Park 15 Kilometer Run, and three top runners from Farmingdale were among the leaders and award winners.
The first Farmingdale resident to cross the finish line was 49-year-old Chris Daily, who scored in 22nd place overall in a time of 59 minutes, 45 seconds, earning second place honors in the 45-49 age group. Another Farmingdale resident, 24-year-old Kevin O'Toole finished only four seconds behind Daily in 23rd place overall. Farmingdale's 28-year-old Paul Cutter finished in 1:09:17, winning the first place award in the Clydesdale 200 pound plus Weight Division. The first woman from Farmingdale to finish was 27-year-old Nicole Cutter in 1:14:12.
A total of 699 runners completed the 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) through the hills of Kings Park, arguably the toughest running course on Long Island. The event was staged once again by the Greater Long Island Running Club under the direction of GLIRC Run Director Steven Toto, and was the kickoff event for the 2009 USA Track & Field - Long Island Grand Prix of Long Island road races.
The next Greater Long Island Running Club event, as well as the next race in the USA Track & Field - Long Island Grand Prix, is the Nationwide Insurance 10 Kilometer Run for ASPIRE, which will start and finish at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview on Saturday, April 4.