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Long Island Women’s 5K Run Slated for July 18

Applications are now available and online registration is now open for the 2009 Arrow Exterminating Company Long Island Women’s 5 Kilometer Run, and women runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are cordially invited to participate.

This will be the 26th anniversary edition of the Run, which is Long Island’s only running event that is for women only, and it will be held on Saturday, July 18 starting and finishing at the Woodward Parkway Elementary School in Farmingdale.

Proceeds of the Run will be donated to Long Island Oceans in the fight against ovarian cancer. This year the Run will also benefit Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest hunger relief agency.

Every entrant in the 5K will receive a top quality textured shirt especially designed for women. The Run will be followed by great post-race refreshments, a giant post-race merchandise giveaways, and free massage.

Awards will be presented to the top ten women overall, the top five finishers in 14 separate age groups, the top five open and masters racewalkers, and the top five finishers in each of two Athena Weight Divisions. Special awards will go to the first five finishers who are ovarian or GYN cancer survivors, and the first five finishers who are members of New York Sports Clubs. The Run will serve once again as the Women’s 5 Kilometer Championship of the Long Island Association of USA Track & Field.

The 5K Run will be preceded by the Little Women’s 1/4 Mile Fun Run for future Olympians under the age of 12.

The Run will be staged once again by the Greater Long Island Running Club, with GLIRC’s Debbie Blair taking over the reins as the Race Director. Computerized scoring and results will be provided by Bill Sherry of Super Race Systems, using the new Chronotrack Chip Timing System.

“We are thrilled to be able to welcome a responsible and community minded Long Island based business like Arrow Exterminating Company as our title sponsor once again this year,” said Blair of the host Greater Long Island Running Club. “Arrow Exterminating is well known for deploying nature-based methods when appropriate, and using pesticides judiciously to keep customers safe.”

In addition to Arrow Exterminating Company, other businesses that have committed to sponsoring the 2009 Run include the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store, the law firm of Mejias, Milgrim & Alvarado with offices in Glen Cove and Hempstead and New York Sports Clubs. Nassau County Legislator David Mejias, a graduate of the Woodward Parkway Elementary School and Farmingdale High School, is a partner in Mejias, Milgrim & Alvarado.

The Town of Oyster Bay and its supportive Supervisor John Venditto will once again be cooperating to assure the success of the event, and New York State Senator Carl Marcellino will continue what has been over a decade of support.

The entry fee for the 5K is $21 for those who register by July 10, $22 for those who register between July 11th and July17, and $25 for those who register on the day of the race. Runners under the age of 16 who register by July 10th can take a 50 percent discount. The 1/4 mile Fun Run is absolutely free.

For applications or more information, call Linda in the Running Club office at 349-7646, or register online at For information on becoming a volunteer, contact Carl Grossbard at 631-587-0895.