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Locals Run, Bike, Swim In Triathalon

At 6 a.m. on a blustery Saturday morning 1,600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay triathlon and tri- relay race. The participants were from all over Long Island, some from upstate NY, a few from out of state and were all ages and some even with disabilities but all came with one goal in mind, to finish.

The course starts out as a half mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, then a 9.3 mile bike ride through Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, and Cove neck which is very hilly but finishes with a 2.9 mile downhill to the finish. Then the riders have one more leg of the race which is 3.2 mile run through Mill Neck and Brookville, up to Planting Fields Arboretum and back down to Roosevelt Park to the finish line.

Among the participants was Hicksville’s Nick Zito, a 57-year-old who works in IT.

“This is my fourth triathlon. I was always a runner, I started running in l977. My daughter became a lifeguard and taught me how to swim so I tried a small one (triathlon) and loved it and I have been doing it ever since,” Zito said.

Joining Zito at the race was Old Westbury’s Michael O’Donoghue.

“I was a swimmer but when I was about 45 years old a buddy of mine asked me to do this as a fun race. We have been doing it for 14 years together.”  

Pulling out a can of Pam, Odonoghue started spraying himself down before sliding into his wet suit and explained the categories to me. He was in the Elite group. “After years of training I got into this category and what will separate the winners in this group will be seconds, so if you spray Pam on your legs, when you take off your wet suit it will come off much faster because every second counts. I won one race years ago by one second against another guy in this age group.”

Discussing the age groups for triathaloners, Odonoghue said, “In the top 100 you will see more 50 year olds than you will 30 and 40 year olds. One of the reasons is because they have the equipment.” He pointed to his new bike and said, “That’s a $10,000 bike, and these athletes have years and years of work at it. Income doesn’t replace the fact that you really have to work at this. These guys swim, bike and run three times a week. Their fitness level is top one tenth of 1% people in their age. It is just evidence that you can go into old age and be as fit as a 20 year old.”

Women also put in a strong showing at the event. Anne Silverman, 50, from Levittown has been doing this for six years. “I got into this for fitness, friends, fun and competition. I started running and was injured so I started to swim and bike as a cross training. I did my first triathlon at the age of 44 and got hooked.”

When asked how triathlon has changed her as a person she said, “I love getting up in the morning, I love to train. I have a huge community of friends that I never had before that I like to hang out with. I am healthier and happier.”

Doreen Kralick from Massapequa Park, 46, particpated as as a triathaloner for the second time. She said its a great stress reliever and that it has changed her as a person.  “It has made me more balanced between kids and work,” she said. “The hardest part of triathlon is finding the time to get the training in, I do a lot of Ironman so this was just a training on the way.”

As each runner crossed the finish line they received a gold medal.

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


Calendar

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October 17

Fall Festival

October 18

Veterans Casework Seminar

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