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All smiles as they announce plans for the 31st annual Nationwide Insurance Run for ASPIRE are left to right: Jeff Cooper of Nationwide, ASPIRE Race Director Bob Windorf, and Tony Wiszowaty of Nationwide.

Runners from the Massapequas and surrounding communities are cordially invited to participate in the 32nd annual edition of the Nationwide Insurance 10 Kilometer Run for ASPIRE, Long Island's oldest continuously held 10 Kilometer Run. The Run will be held on Saturday, April 4.

Headlining a strong local contingent in the 2008 edition of the Nationwide Run for ASPIRE were Dan Demaio of Massapequa, 3rd place finisher in the 40-44 age group, John Daly of North Massapequa, who was 4th in the 50-54 age group, and Boyd Carrington of Amityville, who was the second runner in the 35-39 age group to cross the finish line at the H. B. Mattlin Middle School. Race organizers are looking for another big local contingent to participate in the 2009 edition of the run.

The 2009 run will be staged over the same 6.2 mile course through the roads of Plainview, Old Bethpage and Bethpage that has been used in the past, once again starting and finishing at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School on Washington Avenue in Plainview. The event will once again be directed by Bob Windorf of the Greater Long Island Running Club.

The Race Committee is grateful for the continued support of Nationwide Insurance, with Nationwide's Anthony Wiszowaty stepping forth once again to help honor the memory of Stan Kramberg, and the entire net proceeds of the event being turned over to the ASPIRE Program for the rehabilitation of young amputees, and ASPIRE's Stanley Kramberg Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The event will continue to provide awards in age groups through 85 plus. Top Male and Female Overall and top Male and Female Masters take home a pair of Mizuno running shoes. Every entrant in the 10K gets one of the classic Long sleeve Run for ASPIRE shirts. Other ASPIRE Run features include free massage, a quarter mile fun run for the youngsters before the main event, and lots of raffles to cap the post-Run Awards Ceremony.

While the Nationwide Insurance 10K Run for ASPIRE is geared towards the average recreational runner, we will once again also offer a $500 prize if the first male runner to cross the finish line breaks the course record of 30:27 set by Pat Peterson in 1988, and a $500 prize if the first female runner to cross the finish line breaks the women's course record of 34:55 set by Angela Hearn in 1989.

For more information or entry forms, call the Running Club office at 349-7646, or register online at www.glirc.org.


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