Race Director Jim Murray (second from right) thanks Long Island Blood Services Executive Director Harvey Schaffler (second from left), New York State Assemblyman Rob Walker (left) and Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Rose Walker (right) for their support of Rob's Run.

More than 500 runners participated in the 16th annual edition of Long Island Blood Services "Rob's Run," a 5 kilometer cross country race held on Nov. 30 at Stillwell Woods in Syosset. A total of 474 runners braved the freezing rain, snow and mud to make their way to the finish line.

Special congratulations to four outstanding Hicksville High School students Danielle McMullan, Amy Perfetti, Alexa Regina and Erin Reilly who scored as the first place team in the High School Girls Division. Alexa and Danielle were both recorded as crossing the finish line in 32 minute, 3 seconds; Erin in 32:28; and Amy in 34:26. All four of these young ladies are 14 years old.

Proceeds from this event, sponsored by Long Island Blood Services (LIBS) and coordinated by the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC), were donated to the ASPIRE Program for the rehabilitation of young amputees in memory of the late Rob Lauterborn, a member of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Road Runners Club. Registration and the awards ceremony were held at the Center for Developmental Disabilities, directly adjacent to Stillwell Woods, with the center generously providing its facilities for that purpose.

Rob's Run is the season finale of the 2008 USA Track & Field Long Island Cross Country Series, conducted with the support of New York State Assemblyman Rob Walker. The complete race results by age group and team were made possible by JMS Racing Services, and may be found at

"We were thrilled to welcome these outstanding young representatives of the Hicksville community to Rob's Run this year," said GLIRC President Mike Polansky. "Alexa, Danielle, Erin and Amy can take pride in their accomplishment. We were also pleased to have such prominent Hicksville leaders as New York State Assemblyman Rob Walker and Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Rose Walker at the event to root their four Hicksville neighbors home!" Logo
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