Friday, 24 February 2012 00:00
Up to 400 hardy soles braved the inclement weather on Saturday morning, Feb. 11 at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village, and when the snowflakes had settled, Massapequa runners, as usual, had raced to the finish line well ahead of most of their rivals.
Brian Spillane crossed the finish line in 23:29 to take home the first place award in the 35-39 age group. Other local runners winning awards were Megan Miller (third woman, 25-29 age group), Christine Stankard (second woman, 55-59 age group), Sherry Bellovin (second woman, 65-69 age group).Bradley Raxenberg of Woodbury and Shari Klarfeld on Plainview emerged as the top male and female finishers overall. The OBVR 5-Kilometer Run was the kickoff event of the new RunNassau Series of races leading up to the Long island Marathon in May.
Raxenberg crossed the finish line of this not-so-easy course in 17 minutes, 30 seconds, nearly a full minute in front of runner-up John Theissen of Seaford. Klarfeld scored first among the women (beating all but the first three men in the process) in 19:17.
“This is a great start for what we anticipate is going to grow into one of the biggest series of races on Long Island,” said Greater Long Island President Mike Polansky. “We are grateful to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano for his support in making this happen, and were thrilled to welcome County Legislator Rose Marie Walker to OBVR as our Official Starter.”
Run organizers also owe a vote of thanks to Bob Cook and the runner’s Edge and Glen Wother and All Round Foods for their continued support.
The next race in the RunNassau series will be a 4-miler at Nickerson Beach on Sunday morning, March 11. For more information contact the Greater Long island Running Club at 349-7646.