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Hicksville Runners Score in Arrow Exterminating’s Women’s Run

Congratulations to Hicksville runners Liz Flahavan, Maryanne Langro, Carolyn Mazzola and Erica Siraco, who successfully completed the 27th annual Arrow Exterminating Long Island Women’s 5-Kilometer Run. The Run was held on July 17.

Flahavan finished the 3.1-mile course in 22 minutes, 10 seconds, Langro scored in 29:25, Mazzola crossed the finish line in 31:24 and Siraco completed the run in 35:27.

The overall winner was 27-year-old Leonora Joy Petrina of Bayport, who finished in 16:40, scoring a 41-second victory over defending champion Katie DiCamillo. Petrina also won the Paula Wunderlich Memorial Award as the first member of the Greater Long Island Running Club to finish.

This was Petrina’s first race since she was the overall winner (beating all the men as well as all the women!) in the July 4 Bellmore 4-Mile Run, and she certainly hadn’t lost her edge.

This years’ run was once again conducted by the Greater Long Island Running Club, with Jackie Grabin, Debby Tappan and all the other good folks at Arrow Exterminating coming on board as the returning title sponsor, with a big assist from Bob Cook and his great staff at The Runner’s Edge, the Glen Cove family law firm of Mejias, Milgrim & Alvarado, P.C., and New York Sports Clubs. We were pleased to welcome new sponsors Banfi and Harbor Lights, and look forward to these two outstanding firms taking a bigger role in the event in 2011.

Debbie Blair can take justifiable pride in having done an excellent job as director of the event once again, with “Aunt” Amy Goldstein handling the Women’s Fun Run, Carl Grossbard coordinating volunteers, Fred von der Heydt heading up course and finish line logistics (with a big assist from Ryan Fitzpatrick) and Terry Bisogno doing another incredible job as the finish line and awards announcer.

The 2010 edition of the run was again part of the Grand Prix of Long Island Road Races, conducted under the auspices of Long Island Track & Field and was the 2010 Long Island Track & Field Women’s Championship event.

Special thanks go to The Town of Oyster Bay and its very supportive Supervisor John Venditto for their continued support for running and fitness, and to New York State Senator Carl Marcellino for his enthusiastic support.

The 2010 run was once again geared to support the fight against gynecological cancers, with a substantial portion of the proceeds going to Long Island OCEANS (Ovarian Cancer Education, Advocacy, Networking and Support) – bringing light to all GYN cancers – and (new for 2010 race) The Opening Word, an education program sponsored by the Dominican Sisters aimed at giving poor, uneducated women the tools they need to become productive members of society.