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Runners Shine In 10K Run For ASPIRE

Farmingdale athletes Franklin Diaz, Billy Allen, and Chris Daily put on award winning performances during the 37th annual All Round Foods 10 kilometer run for ASPIRE, through the streets of Plainview and Old Bethpage on April 5. 

 

Diaz crossed the finish line at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview in 34 minutes and 34 seconds, for sixth place overall and first in the 30-34 age group. Allen finished in seventh place overall with a time of 35 minutes and 26 seconds, to earn the third place trophy in the 20-24 age group. Daily scored in 38 minutes, 45 seconds, in 17th place overall and first in the 50-54 age group, in what was one of the most competitive races on Long Island in the past year. 

 

On the women’s side, the performance of Leonora Petrina was nothing short of incredible. Leo crossed the finish line in33:39, breaking the race record set by Angela Hearn in 1989 by more than a full minute.  Runners-up Tara Wilson, Marilyn Caulfield, Kelly Perno

Grosser and Kathy Martin also turned in strong performances, but none of them was within four minutes of Leo.  Kathy’s 39:47 set a new world record for the women’s 60-64 age group.

 

Congratulations and thanks to veteran Race Director Karen Schackner for another superb job of putting all the pieces together. Thanks as well to the ever generous Glen Wolther of title sponsor All Round Foods, and  to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto and the amazing staff at Oyster Bay Town Parks and Recreation. Thanks as well to Bob Cook and The Runner’s Edge, to Aspire 10K official shoe company Mizuno, to supporting sponsors Cornerstone Properties, Top Lock Locksmith & Security, and Smith & DeGroat Real Estate.

 

Among the award winners from the local area was Matthew Wontz of Bethpage, who scored with third place honors in the 0-34 age group. 

 

Continuing the theme of helping young peoplewho have had a rough break in life, we were please to welcome Friends of Karen as the new charitable beneficiary of the Aspire 10K. Since 1978, this fine organization has provided vital, practical and comprehensive support, at no cost, to families caring for more than12,700 local children...”so they never have to make this journey alone.”

 

— Submitted by the Greater Long Island Running Club

News

After spotting an abandoned cemetery at the corner of Grant Avenue and Rose Street in the heart of downtown Farmingdale, resident Vicki Gruber became inspired to trace the lineage of the Van Cott family—some of the earliest settlers in the Farmingdale community. Gruber, a corporate and securities attorney, said that after approaching the village about the history of the cemetery, she took it upon herself to do the research. Compiling three or four years worth of newfound information, Gruber discovered that each of the 16 plots in the cemetery are direct descendants of Claes Cornelissen Van Cats, a Dutch settler and firm believer in democracy, home rule and civil liberty. 

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


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