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Runners, Walkers Gearing Up For Belmont Run

Integrated Medical Foundation (IMF) has announced that it is joining with New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), the Elmont Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) to stage the 3rd annual Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer. The 5-kilometer run, open to runners and walkers of all ages and levels of ability, will be held on Sunday, June 1, at Belmont Park, with NYRA’s Sam “Sam the Bugler” Grossman calling everyone to the post at 7:15 p.m.

The runners and walkers will traverse a USA Track & Field certified 5K course entirely within the grounds of Belmont Park, leading up to an exciting finish at the finish line on the race track.

Every entrant will receive a shirt to commemorate the occasion. “Win, place and show” awards will be presented to the top male and female overall, the male and female masters (age 40 plus) finishers, as well as the top men and women finishers in each of 16 age groups from 14 and under through 85 plus.

The grand marshal of the event will be Johnny Velasquez, the all-time money winner among North American jockeys, and winner of eight Breeder’s Cup races.

The entire net proceeds will go to benefit the foundation and its mission to promote awareness and early detection of prostate cancer as well as support services.

“The Belmont Stakes is thoroughbred racing’s premiere race which is the true test of a champion,” said Joanne K. Adams, NYRA’s director of community relations. “The Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer [run] on June 1 will be a real test for all of the champion runners as they make their way onto the dirt track at Belmont Park.”

In the 2013 edition of the run, Franklin Diaz of Farmingdale reprised his 2012 performance by scoring as the overall winner, and Stefanie Braun of Huntington outlasted 2012 winner Shari Klarfeld of Plainview to take first place honors among the women. Each of these champions will be back in 2014, and will be joined by most of the other top local runners as well.

Visit www.glirc.org for online registration. Call GLIRC at 516-349-7646 for information.

News

The Floral Park Recreation Summer 2014 programs have now reached their half way point. While youngsters still have four more weeks of camps and activities, the night time volleyball and basketball programs are now gearing up for their final push to the playoff and championship rounds. Of the 55 adult teams competing, only Madness and Chaos (B league basketball) and Poppy’s (Women’s competitive volleyball) have managed to move through the season without a blemish on their records. Playoffs for volleyball are on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, while basketball quarterfinals begin Thursday, July 31. Family, friends and spectators are always welcome. Good luck to all teams and players during their quest to become Floral Park’s Champions of the Summer of 2014.

As in past years, the Floral Park Recreation Department sprinkled in some expert instruction along with the recreational format of the various camps. Many thanks go out to Lisa O’Grady (OLV volleyball coach) for presenting an excellent volleyball clinic for our beginning junior players. Once again, Nassau Community College football Coach Ed Mack and his players have volunteered their time to give a few pointers for all youngsters grades 4 and above on Wednesday, June 30. The junior football clinic kicks off at 8:30 a.m., while senior campers (grades 7 and above) will receive instruction beginning at 10 a.m. Some features will include pass and catch techniques and NFL style agility drills. All Floral Park youth entering grades 4 and above are invited to attend. At that same time, Chris Schneider, outstanding and championship basketball coach at both St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart, will be on hand to present a comprehensive basketball clinic for both our junior and senior future female basketball stars.

The 36th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. It is the longest-running American Indian Pow-Wow and will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American Dance Competitions.

More than 40 Indian nations will be represented. Chanting, drumming and brilliantly-colored, finely-detailed regalia will provide stimulating entertainment for people of all ages. All dance competitions and performances will be narrated for your appreciation of the rich tradition and culture that is being shared. American Indian art and craft vendors will offer a unique array of times for shoppers.


Calendar

Theatre Box

Friday, August 1

E-Cycling Collection

Saturday, August 2

Floral Park Board of Trustees

Tuesday, August 5



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