Nearly 700 runners took place in the Nationwide Insurance 10 Kilometer Run for ASPIRE through the roads of Plainview and Old Bethpage on April 4.
When the dust had settled at the finish line, 24 year old Levittown speedster Jodie Schoppman scored as the first woman overall to cross the finish line. Schoppman, who competes under the colors of the Bellmore Striders Racing Team, covered the 6.2 miles of rolling hills in 37 minutes, 4 seconds, giving her a comfortable 1:02 margin over runner-up Noni Accetturi of Syosset.
Other Levittown runners winning awards in the ASPIRE 10K included Janice Lambertucci, who scored 3rd in the Athena 160 pound plus weight division, Eric Hylton, who captured 2nd place among the women in the 20-24 age group, Michele Henschel, who earned top honors among the women in the 25-29 age group, and Eddie Reagan, who was the first place finisher in the 50-54 age group.
The Run was administered by the Greater Long Island Running Club in conjunction with the Town of Oyster Bay, with GLIRC's Bob Windorf serving as the Race Director. The Run was once again part of the USA Track & Field - Long Island Grand Prix of Road Races for 2009, and serves as the USATF-LI 10 Kilometer Championship event for 2009.
Thanks go to Nationwide Insurance and to the continued generous support of Nationwide agent Tony Wiszowaty as the Run's key sponsor. The Town of Oyster Bay, under the leadership of Town Supervisor John Venditto, has been very loyal since the Run's inception. Thanks are also due to Town Recreation Supervisor Diane Ramos and her colleagues from the Town of Oyster Bay Parks Department for their very kind and valuable assistance, which makes the Run one of Long Island's finest community events. Other key sponsors included Mizuno USA, The Runner's Edge of Farmingdale, and the event's newest sponsor, Fairway Market of Plainview.