Glen Cove resident Eva Casale is probably one of the fittest human beings you will ever meet. The long distance runner has competed in the New York City Marathon five times and last September ran a 100 mile event from Jones Beach to Oyster Bay to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. On July 7 she’ll participate in the 7-7-7 Challenge, running seven marathons in seven days to raise money for the organization.
“I actually came up with the name of the 7-7-7 Challenge myself because I’ll start on July 7 and run seven marathons for seven straight days,” said Casale. “Each day I’ll be in a different community on Long Island and run a 26.2 mile course to help raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which is an organization that I strongly believe in.”
Casale, who has been an active runner for more than 30 years, first got involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in 2007. She joined the organization Team In Training (TNT) and served as a coach for the group. Each year she has put together and participated in a unique event to help raise money for the LLS.
“Through this group I’ve met a lot of people with blood cancer diseases and with the money raised through these events it goes towards research studies and that means more lives saved,” said Casale. “I believe in this organization and I believe in the cause.”
Her first 7-7-7 Challenge event will take place in Happauge on Monday, July 7. On Tuesday she will be in Sayville, on Wednesday in Farmingdale, on Thursday in Babylon and Friday in Long Beach. For the last two days of the Challenge she will run 26.2 mile courses through Massapequa and Glen Cove ending up at the Downtown Cafe at 2 p.m. on Sunday for a post celebration. She will begin her courses at 2 p.m. during the weekdays and 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. She will run a total distance of 183 miles for the whole week.
During the beginning of each of her races, Casale will start out with what she calls a “mission moment.”
“The mission moment is basically for who I’m running for that day. I’ll dedicate each race towards a different type of blood cancer and in memory of someone who was lost to that cancer.”
Participants are welcome to join Casale in her marathon runs but she encourages those who not full fledged marathoners to join her after the 19 mile markers. Their is a suggested donation of $50 for all participants and every runner will receive a medal and free t-shirt after the marathon is completed.
How will the hardcore runner prepare for her seven day, 183 mile marathon event?
“My plan is to run at an even pace each day in order to hold my energy level throughout the week. I will take plenty of water, Gatorade and energy gel packs with me in order to stay hydrated and eat carbohydrates and protein before the start of the marathons.”
Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00
Known for her love of exotic cars, sophisticated leather fashions and a penchant for giving back, part-time Long Islander Joanne Del Prete-Rosten can often be seen driving around town in her Lamborghini LP550, which is decked out in the colors of her clothing company, Canto NYC. On Sunday, Sept. 14, those interested in getting a closer look at the car that has become somewhat of a local celebrity can see it on display with hundreds of exotic cars at the sixth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock event, presented by Martino
Auto Concepts and benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute. Rain or shine, the event will take place in downtown Glen Cove from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to spectators. For those wanting to register a car, the fee is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.
Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00
As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on
Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.
“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
At the end of July, children from across Long Island traveled to Pierce Country Day Camp in Roslyn to make a big splash for disaster relief. Two events hosted by the American Red Cross gave young swimmers the opportunity to put their skills to the test, all while raising money to support their local Red Cross.
In late July, hundreds of children came out to the venerable Pierce County Day Camp to swim laps in support of the Red Cross. The children raised a collective amount of over $11,000.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Glen Cove High School graduate and former All-County basketball star Garen Spendjian has proven that hard work and dedication to a sport you love can pay off.
The Armenian National Basketball Team player will soon begin his professional basketball career with the El Shams basketball team of Cairo, Egypt. The 6’5” Spendjian will play both the power forward and small forward positions for El Shams of the Egyptian Super League.