An instant Long Island running tradition will be born on June 6, and all Long Island runners and wheelchair athletes are invited to be "present at the creation!"
Stuart Held (seated, l.), chair of the Long Island Sounds Foundation, and Linda Ottaviano (seated, center), GLIRC corporate secretary and senior administrator, are all smiles as they sign the contract for the management of the Wounded Warrior 5K, as Rob Germini of the Wounded Warrior Project (standing, r.) and LISF committee members Charles J. Chiclacos (standing, l.) and Fred Neilson (seated, r.) look on with approval.
The Wounded Warrior 5 Kilometer Run and One Mile Walk will be held on the roads of Glen Cove on Saturday morning, June 6, commemorating the 65th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of Normandy. The 5K Run will start and finish at Glen Cove High School, with the starting horn sounding at 9 a.m. The 5K Run will be preceded by a one-mile Fun Walk at 8 a.m. and a special Color Guard Presentation ceremony at 8:30 a.m.
The event will be conducted under the auspices of the Long Island Sounds Festival, chaired by Stuart Held. The festival will be celebrating the theme of "No Human Left Behind," an annual festival "that will bring our disabled community together with our able bodied community to learn, enjoy each other and do it in an exciting and competitive environment."
The Greater Long Island Running Club has been engaged to provide the management of the event, under the direction of GLIRC's Susan Polansky and Linda Ottaviano.
Cash prizes of $200 each will be awarded to the first male and first female open finisher and first male and first female masters finisher, and cash prizes of $100 each will be awarded to the first male and first female "military" finisher (active or honorably discharged veteran of U.S. Armed Forces). Cash prizes of $4000 will also be distributed among the top wheelchair finishers. Trophies will be presented to the top three M&F finishers in 5 year age groups through 80 plus, the top three male and female Clydesdale/Athenas, and the top three male and female " U.S. Military" personnel (active or honorably discharged).
The proceeds of the event are earmarked for the Wounded Warrior Project and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.
Applications and more information can be obtained by calling Linda at 349-7646. Online registration is available at www.glirc.org.