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Greg Karl Wins Heart & Sole 5K Run

A record breaking field of 349 runners and walkers crossed the finish line at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School at the 6th annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run on Sunday morning, July 12, and athletes from the Massapequas were once again among the top finishers in the older age groups.

Greg Karl of Massapequa Park finished in 20 minutes, 55 seconds to earn the first-place award in the 60-64 age group, Glenn Morse of Massapequa finished second in that same age group in 21:40, Sherry Bellovin of North Massapequa earned the second-place award in the women’s 60-64 age group in 33:08, and Howard Kestenbaum of Massapequa Park earned the third place award in the 75-79 age group in 38:27.

The 2009 Run was held to benefit the Plainview/Syosset Scholarship fund for local students considering a career in a medically related field, and to support emergency facilities at Plainview and Syosset Hospitals and better serve patients.

This year’s Run was in honor of the Emergency Departments at Plainview and Syosset hospitals, as represented by Gerard Brogan, MD, Joseph Garber, MD, Joseph Garber, MD, Alan Kaplan, MD, Ronnie Melman, RN, and Sheila Kennedy, RN.

Race organizers wish to thank coordinators Ric and Kathy DiVeglio of the Greater Long Island Running Club, and to the Race Committee from Plainview and Syosset Hospitals that made it all possible: Dr. Alan Mensch, Dr. Charles Farber, Jo Ellen Cole, Nicole D’Addario, and Jeanne Beard. Thanks as well to major sponsors: The medical staffs at Plainview and Syosset Hospitals, Dr. Howard Matt, Alure Home Products, Axis Construction Corporation, Sitron-Hammel Radiology Group, Axis Construction Corporation, Huntington Hills Center for Health & Rehabilitation, and Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation.

Race organizers also noted the public officials who took the time and effort to show up to support for this important event on July 12: Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Rose Walker, who served as the official starter for the Run, and Nassau County Legislator and Farmingdale resident David Mejias, who was a competitor in the Run, crossing the finish line in a time of 26:51.