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Terrific Temps Buoy Turkey Trot Turnout

Attendance record set as thousands take advantage of balmy climate

The 35th Annual Garden City Turkey Trot, Long Island’s largest Thanksgiving day road race, had yet another record turnout this year and attracted well over 5,500 runners.

Once again the weather was glorious and sunny on Thanksgiving morning as runners from all over Long Island and beyond came to Garden City to run in the Turkey Trot.

Twenty-one-year old Wantagh resident Arquimedes DelaCruz won the 5-mile race and the accompanying Jim Flynn Memorial Trophy with a time of 25:28. Twenty-five-year-old Rolanda Bell of Queens was the first female finisher with a time of 27:37. Nineteen-year-old William Slattery was the third overall finisher and the first Garden City resident to complete the course with a time of 26:17.

This year’s race was special for a numbers of reasons. Due to Hurricane Sandy and the resulting power outages the race committee could not get the word out about the race because people were unable to access their email and/or computers. So the race committee was left wondering how many people would sign up to run. When runners found out the race was still on and that a portion of the race proceeds would be donated to the American Red Cross to help with hurricane relief efforts, they turned out in record numbers.

Runners also brought and donated hurricane relief items to the race including much-needed school supplies, blankets, towels, clothing and food. These items were collected and delivered to the Rockaways, Long Beach, and Oceanside and the food was donated to Island Harvest. Special thanks go out to Garden City residents Mike and Chrissy Crowley who spearheaded this effort for the race committee.   

This year, net race proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Runners were asked if they would like to donate any additional monies to these charities when they signed up online.  Incredibly, runners donated over $12,000 to these three charities when they signed up online at www.gcturkeytrot.com.

The Turkey Trot is a community tradition that exemplifies the best of Garden City. Hundreds of volunteers, young and old alike, come out to lend a hand and help make the race a success. The event consists of three races, a Challenger Division Race for courageous special needs athletes, a 1.4-mile Fun Run and a challenging 5-mile run. All three races start and finish in front of the historic St. Paul’s School on Stewart Avenue.

The Village of Garden City provides tremendous support for the race with many members of the recreation, police and fire departments on hand to assist before, during and after the race. Mineola Ambulance is always on site as well.  Garden City Police and fire departments and Mineola Ambulance were all called into action this year when a runner needed medical assistance and they did a fantastic job. Their collective efforts are much appreciated by the race committee and all runners alike.

The Garden City Turkey Trot would not be possible without generous support of corporate sponsors. Merrill Lynch’s Garden City office managed by Dominick Tomeo is the race’s lead corporate sponsor and has been so from the very beginning. The entire Merrill Lynch Garden City office has shown a true commitment to support the race and its charities as has The Garden City Hotel and its new owners. The Kenney Family Foundation,(Bill and Diane Kenney), also donates very substantial sums to the race beneficiaries and, assisted by Al Vanasco, ensures that the Challenger Division athletes experience the thrill of victory each and every year.

Other major sponsors include Winthrop Radiology Associates (Dr. Orlando Oritz), Clif Bar, Select Sector Spiders (Dan Dolan,) National Land Tenure (Matt Miller), The Durnan Group (Matt Durnan), Rallye Auto Group (Joe Stanco), New York Spine Institute (Dr. Alexandre de Moura and Alex Garcia) Verizon (Kevin Shine), Coach Realtors (Stephanie Cullum and the whole Coach team), Tradeweb (Greg Leder), Walk Street (Robert Kloepfer), La Bottega Italian Gourmet (Giuseppe and Marisa Ruta) and Wayward Media Group, LLC.  Many local businesses also generously support the Turkey Trot and its charities each and every year without fail. Many other local businesses donate products/services including Bagelman of Garden City and Long Island Banana Corp.

The race committee, (Race Director Ken Aneser, Kevin Coffey, Bob Freeman, Chris Giarraputo, Mike Kopcak, Charlie Lee, Jim Loughlin, Ian Paisley, Bob Priest, Phil Puccio, Tim Tobin and Rob Votruba), would like to thank all the runners, volunteers, the Garden City Recreation, police and fire departments, Mineola Ambulance, and all those who live on the race course for their support. The race committee wishes everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News

Blakeman and Rice to speak at Chamber Luncheon

On Sept. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its season kick-off luncheon program at the Garden City Hotel, where the keynote speakers will be the Democratic and Republican nominees for the U.S. Congress in New York’s  Fourth Congressional District. Bruce A. Blakeman (R), Conservative and Independence nominee and Kathleen Rice (D), Nassau County District Attorney, will speak separately expressing their respective views on the future of the district and impact upon its business community. This is not to be a debate.

John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital, recently announced Garden City resident Maureen E. Clancy and East Williston’s Dr. Kevin P. Marzo, will be the honorees for the Hospital’s 23rd Annual Gala, “An Evening in Tuscany,” taking place on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the RXR Plaza in Uniondale.

“As champions for Winthrop, Mrs. Clancy and Dr. Marzo have demonstrated unwavering commitment to the hospital and to the communities it serves and we are pleased to honor them at this year’s gala,” said Collins.  


Sports

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18

Locals run for themselves

and a cause in triathalon

At 6 a.m on a blustery Saturday morning, 1600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay Triathlon and Tri-Relay Race. The participants were drawn from a wide age range. They came from all over Long Island and upstate New York, a few were from out of state, and in some cases, had disabilities. But they all came with one goal in mind — to finish.

Jeffrey Hussey, a 28-year-old Garden City resident, has done this race three times and this was his fifth triathlon this summer.


Calendar

9/11 Memorial Program

Thursday, September 11

Zing Went The Strings

Friday, September 19

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, September 15



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