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Runners Race Against Prostate Cancer

Two Massapequa residents from the opposite ends of the age spectrum led a strong contingent of runners down the stretch at Belmont Park and scored great finishes in the 2nd annual Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon 5-Kilometer Run to Fight Prostate Cancer June 2.

As the first woman in the 15-19 age group to cross the finish line, 16-year-old Chelsea Hroch of North Massapequa finished in 23 minutes and 10 seconds. Meanwhile, 81-year-old Howard Kestenbaum took second place in the 80 to 84 age group, with a time of 43:11.

The run was held at Belmont Park as the kickoff event for the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes June 8. A total of 475 runners and walkers finished the event, with the last 400 meters stretching the same path taken by thoroughbreds during the Stakes.

Hosted by Integrated Medical Foundation and its executive director, Westbury resident Rhonda Samuel, the run was made possible by the New York Racing Association and the Elmont Chamber of Commerce.  The Greater Long Island Running Club managed the race, as senior administrator Linda Ottaviano said the event’s made goal of prostate cancer awareness was achieved through the tireless efforts of all those involved.

“It was our pleasure to work with Rhonda Samuel and her very able associate Sasha Abraham once again to stage a quality event that enabled IMF to focus on the importance of early detection of prostate cancer,” she said. “The lead local sponsors, Advanced Urology Centers of New York and Advanced Radiation Centers of New York were on hand to remind us about how simple early detection is.”