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Local Athletes Excel In Ninth Annual Heart & Sole 5K Run

A record field of 438 runners and walkers completed the ninth annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run through the streets of Plainview on July 22, and athletes from the local area did exceptionally well in what has become one of the more important summer road races in Nassau County.

The first local finisher was Kevin McBride, of  Glen Head, in 22nd place overall and second in the 40-44 age group.  Top local female finisher was Lauren Jensen of Glen Cove, who was the fourth woman overall to cross the finish line at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School and first in the highly competitive 30-34 age group.

Other local award winners were Stephanie Hoffmann of Glen Cove, who scored as the second place woman in the 35-39 age group, Anne Fitzgibbon of Glen Cove, who earned the third place plaque in the women’s 60-64 age group, and Joseph Tumbarello of Glen Cove, who was the first finisher in the 65-69 age group.

The Heart & Sole Run was conducted under the auspices of Plainview Hospital and Syosset Hospital of NSUS-LIJ Health System, with Dr. Alan Mensch, vice-president of medical affairs at both hospitals, serving as the chair of the event. Race management chores were handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club, with Ric and Kathy DiVeglio putting all of the pieces together.

Nassau County Legislators Joe Belesi and Rose Marie Walker were once again on hand to show their support for the event. 

The lead sponsors of the event are the medical staffs of Plainview and Syosset Hospitals, with other significant financial support provided by the Syosset dental practice of Dr. Howard Matt, Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation, Central Island Health Care, Medical Arts Radiology, Astoria Federal Savings.

The net proceeds of the run are dedicated to the Plainview Hospital/Syosset Hospital Scholarship Fund for local students considering a career in a medically related field, and to support patient and family education resource centers at both hospitals.