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Massapequa Runners Score In Women’s 5K Run

Congratulations to Tara Mannino of Massapequa, Meilissa Kennedy of Amityville, Ruth Maller of Massapequa Park, and Grace Abamwa of Amityville, each of whom won awards in the 30th annual Runner’s Edge Long Island 5 Kilometer Women’s Run on July 13, as a strong field of 439 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes crossed the finish line on the track at Farmingdale High School.

Tara Mannino took 3rd place honors in the highly competitive 25-29 age group with a time of 20:39. Melissa Kennedy of Amityville took first place honors in the 60-64 age group with a finishing time of 24:11. Ruth Maller was the top finisher in the 80 plus age group in 55:17 and, at age 84, was the oldest finisher. Grace Abamwa earned 5th place honors in the Athena 160 pound plus weight division.

The heat and humidity certainly played their role this year, but the earlier starting time of 8:30 a.m. took a bit of the edge off, and the ice cream, watermelon, and the sinful pastries donated by All Round Foods at the finish line made everyone forget how tough the run might have been.

The Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store served as the title sponsor once again, with special thanks to Bob Cook, and the matrimonial law firm of Mejias Milgrim and Alvarado returned  as the Presenting Sponsor. Danny Kulchinsky and Mayfair Diamonds and Fine Jewelry also returned as a presenting sponsor, and Bunny Dobkin was the lucky winner of a $2,000 retail value pair of diamond earrings generously donated by Danny as the grand prize in the post-run raffle.

Thanks are due to those public officials who were on hand to support the event: New York State Assemblyman Michael Montesano, Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joe Pinto, and Nassau County Legislators Michael Venditto and Rose Marie Walker.

The proceeds of this year’s Run will once again be distributed to The Open Word, a special program administered by the Dominican Sisters that provides education and job training to poor uneducated women in Huntington Station, Amityville and Wyandanch.

“Our thanks to our Massapequa and Amityville friends and neighbors for supporting this most important event,” said race director Debbie Blair of the greater Long Island Running Club. “We are thrilled that several local athletes won awards, and offer our congratulations to Tara, Melissa, Ruth and Grace.”