Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00
Long Island runners are invited to join in the fun at the Sands Point Preserve Sprint for the Feinstein Institute, which will take place Saturday morning, Aug. 15. This 5K event offers a unique combination of paved paths and runner friendly trails (and a surprise or two) through the woodlands and Long Island Sound vistas of the Sands Point Preserve, at the north end of the Port Washington peninsula.
The 216-acre Sands Point Preserve is an unparalleled mixture of natural and landscaped areas. Forests, meadows, beach and cliffs, gardens, and freshwater pond provide habitats for a variety of plants and animals. The proximity of different habitats provided the club the opportunity to create a 5K course that will enable local runners and walkers to experience the various aspects of the entire preserve.
The entire net proceeds of this year’s Sprint will once again be dedicated to the Feinstein Institute of North Shore-LIJ Health System and its Chronic Lymphatic Lymphoma research and treatment program. Abe Bernstein, one of Greater Long Island Running Club’s (GLIRC’s) veterans in remission from lymphoma who is running better than ever, will serve as the sponsor and director of the event, and Bernstein has brought along Genentech as a sponsor.
Lymphoma is a cancer of the blood that currently afflicts over 15,000 people a year in the United States, and Abe is one of them. Because of the treatment he received at North Shore-LIJ, and the research and discoveries at the Feinstein Institute, Bernstein is in remission, with normal blood counts, has resumed his running and racing on the road and on the track, and continues to look forward to a great rest of his life.
Awards in the Sands Point Sprint will be presented to the top male and female finishers overall, plus three deep in every five-year age group through 90 and over, as well as to the top three Male and Female Clydesdales in each of two weight divisions. Special commemorative summer shirts will go to every entrant. Timing and results will be provided by TriandDuIt Multisport using the AMB Computerized Chip Timing System.
Entry fees are $20 for those who register in advance ($17 for pre-registered GLIRC members); and $25 on the day of the race. There is a 50 percent discount for pre-registered runners and walkers under the age of 16.
Walkers are very much welcome!