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Kilometer Run Director Steven J. Toto (rear left) joins Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid partners Ralph Rosella, Steve Aptheker, David Lazer, Scott Feuer, James Devine, Alex Gayer, Michelle Pincus, Louis Fiore and Russell Penzer in celebrating the firms 11th year of support for the run.

Runners and walkers of all ages and levels of ability from Westbury and surrounding communities are invited to test their training and endurance levels by being a part of the 11th annual Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid Kings Park 15K Run on Saturday, March 8 starting at 9 a.m. at the New Discovery Elementary School on Lawrence Road in Kings Park.

The law firm of Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C. has stepped forward to be the title sponsor of this 11th edition of the Run once again, and several of the partners in the firm will themselves once again be taking the challenge of the hills of Kings Park.

The Kings Park 15K run is a perfect tough training run for those who are setting their sights on a spring marathon or half marathon. It features 9.3 miles of some of the most beautiful vistas - and most challenging hills - on Long Island's North Shore. Kings Park is very much not your usual fast, flat course - but for those who want to test themselves, the place to do it is Kings Park on March 8.

For the youngsters - and anyone else who isn't up to the 15K distance - there will also be a half mile Fun Run/Fun Walk. Race management is in the capable hands of the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC), with GLIRC's Steven Tot, himself a graduate of the Kings Park schools, serving as the race director once again.

The net proceeds of the run will once again be distributed to Kings Park School District athletic programs, with a substantial donation also being made to the American Brain Tumor Foundation.

Every entrant in the 15K run will receive one of the distinctive high quality sweatshirts, specially designed for the Kings Park Run, and every entrant in the Fun Run will be presented with a special commemorative medal when he or she crosses the finish line.

There will be $100 cash prizes for the first place male and female runners, an increase to $100 for the first place male and female masters runners, $50 for the first male and female senior masters (age 50 plus), and $100 for the first place male and female wheelchair finishers. Special plaques will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in each of 14 five year age groups, up through age 75 and older, and the top three male and female finishers in each of two "Clydesdale" weight divisions, and the top three male and female wheelchair racers.

The entry fee for the 2008 15K run has been set at $18 ($16 for members of the Greater Long Island Running Club) if you sign up by March 2; $20 between March 2 and March 7; and $25 for those who wait until the day of the run to register. A 50 percent discount will be given to all runners under 16 who register by March 2. The entry fee for the Fun Run is only $4 for pre-registrants and $5 for latecomers.

For entry forms or more information, call Run Director Steven Toto at 349-7646.


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