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Long Island Women’s 5K Run July 17

Applications are now available and online registration is now open for the 2010 Arrow Exterminating Company Long Island Women’s 5-Kilometer Run, and female runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to participate.

This will be the 27th anniversary edition of the run, which is Long Island’s only 5-kilometer race that is for women only, and it will be held on Saturday, July 17 starting and finishing at Farmingdale High School. Proceeds of the run will once again be dedicated to the fight against ovarian cancer, through the good work being done by “Long Island Oceans” whose mission is “bringing light to all GYN Cancers.” This year the run will also benefit The Opening Word, an education program for poor, uneducated women, aimed at giving them the tools they need to become productive members of society. Women of all ages and levels of ability are urged to attend this important event for women!

Among the top finishers in last year’s run were Anna Lau of Hicksville, and Laurice Firenze and Rochelle Holden of Westbury. Every entrant in the 5-K will receive a top-quality technical 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 three women overall, the top five finishers in 14 separate age groups, the top three open and maters 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 5-K Run will be preceded by the “Little Women’s 1/4 Mile Fun Run” for future Olympians under the age of 12, and each finisher in the Fun Run will receive a medal when she crosses the finish line.

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 Nikita Dorcinvil of Just Finish, Inc. Using the RFID Timing System with the chip built right into the bib number.

“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,” observed Race Director Debby 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. Best of all, they rely on real science to get the job done, with a staff entomologist to teach workers how bugs behave in order to most effectively devise tactics that actually work! And Arrow is a business managed by women (two sisters, Jackie Grabin and Debby Tappan), making it an especially perfect sponsor for a race dedicated to women!”

In addition to Arrow Exterminating Company, the other businesses that have committed to being key sponsors of the 2010 Run are the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store, the law firm of Mejias, Milgrim & Alvarado with offices in Glen Cove and Hempstead. Also signing on to support the run this year are New York Sports Clubs, Harbor Lights and Banfi Wineries.
The Town of Oyster Bay and its highly 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 $2 for those who register by July 16 and $25 for those who register on the day of the race. Runners under the age of 16 who register by July 16 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 www.glirc.org. Volunteers are being coordinated by Carl Grossbard; contact him at (631)587-0895 if you can help out.