Runners from Garden City and nearby communities are cordially invited to participate in the 32nd annual edition of the Nationwide Insurance 10 Kilometer Run for ASPIRE, Long Island's oldest continuously held 10 Kilometer Run. The run will be held on Saturday, April 4.
The 2009 Run will be staged over the same 6.2 mile course through the roads of Plainview, Old Bethpage and Bethpage that has been used in the past, once again starting and finishing at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School on Washington Avenue in Plainview. Bob Windorf of the Greater Long Island Running Club will once again direct the event.
The race committee is extremely grateful for the continued support of Nationwide Insurance, with Nationwide's Anthony Wiszowaty Agency in Massapequa Park stepping forth once again to help honor the memory of Stan Kramberg, and the entire net proceeds of the event being turned over to the ASPIRE Program for the rehabilitation of young amputees and ASPIRE's Stanley Kramberg Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The event will continue to provide awards in age groups through 85 plus, to the top race walkers, athletes in the Clydesdale Athena Weight Divisions and above-knee and below-knee amputee categories. Top male and female overall and top male and female masters take home a pair of Mizuno running shoes. Every entrant in the 10K gets one of the classic long-sleeved Run for ASPIRE shirts. Other great ASPIRE run features include free massage, a quarter mile fun run for the youngsters before the main event and lots of raffles to cap the post-run awards ceremony!
While the Nationwide Insurance 10K Run for ASPIRE is very much geared toward the average recreational runner, we will once again also offer a $500 prize if the first male runner to cross the finish line breaks the course record of 30:27 set by Pat Peterson in 1988, and a $500 prize if the first female runner to cross the finish line breaks the women's course record of 34:55 set by Angela Hearn in 1989.
Headlining a strong Garden City contingent in the 2008 edition of the Nationwide Run for ASPIRE was veteran Garden City runner Ned Daily, whose time of 38:48 earned him third place in the 50-54 age group. Race organizers are looking for another big local contingent to participate in the 2009 edition of the run.
"We are always thrilled with the support we receive for the Nationwide Run for ASPIRE from Garden City athletes," Race Director Bob Windorf said, "and it will be our pleasure to welcome still another big local contingent to our 32nd annual edition of the Run this April 4."
For more information or entry forms, call the Running Club office at 349-7646 or register online at www.glirc.org.