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Runners Score in Main Street Mile Run

The 5th annual Main Street Mile was held on Sept. 5 in Farmingdale. It has become a Labor Day tradition that has grown every year since its inception back in 2005.

This year, the event was presented by Bob Cook, owner of the Runners Edge, and Dave and Busters, both of Farmingdale. Bob Cook was also the co-race director along with Mark Leff of Cisco Systems.


Proceeds from the Main Street Mile support the Companions in Courage Foundation (CiC), founded by former New York Islander and Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine, who participated in the event.

Proceeds from this year’s event exceeded $5,000. The race finished in front of the Farmingdale Firehouse and Village Hall, with the post race awards ceremony taking place at the Gazebo on the Village Green. There were over 300 participants in the race, including 32 from Farmingdale.

The Main Street Mile once again produced many great performances.

Massapequa residents fared well in the race. Among the men, notable performance include John Daly in 4:55, Thomas Dilberto in 5:02, Sean Hall in 5:21, Michael Gluf in 5:34, Marty Schimmele in 5:57, 16-year-old Andrew Contillo in 6:06 Glenn Morse in 6:14 11-year-old Robert Catinella in 6:46, Michael Contillo in 6:59, Robert Reinhart in 7:12, Warren Drezen in 7:26 and 10-year-old Matthew Conkling in 9:10. Among the women, Lauren Lavoro in 5:16, Karen Conkling in 6:11, 15-year-old Lauren Kerl in 6:22, 10-year-old Allison Fadel in 7:11, Gail Hayes in 7:44, 10-year-old Christina Conkling in 7:48, Liz Contillo in 8:06, Mattie Bryan in 8:22, 10-year-old Macenzie Conkling in 8:56 and Jonathan Lasinos in 9:14.

The event has strong local representation with other sponsors that include Dr. Larry Lembo, a Farmingdale-based chiropractor; Carter, DeLuca, Farrell and Schmidt of Melville, Henry Schein, Inc. of Melville, Cisco Systems, Stop & Shop; The Library Café of Farmingdale; Wikham, Bressler, Gordon and Geasa of Melville; Anheuser Busch; The Farmingdale Observer; Dr. Jospeh Ciaccio, DDS of Hewlett, Long Island Triathlon Coach; The Nutty Irishman of Farmingdale; Bill Romas, LMT; Jeffery Frey of; and Mejias, Milgrim & Alvarado of Glen Cove. There was also be a kid’s fun run where the younger participants run a quarter-mile up and down Main Street and received medals and free ice cream. The race is supported by a committee who generously donated their time, including Bob Cook from Runners Edge, Mark Leff of Cisco Systems, Mindy Davidson, Eric Bressler and Craig Gluf of race sponsor Henry Schein, Inc.

 “There is no better way to kick off the Labor Day weekend then to see families competing and enjoying the Main Street Mile. Not only do they get to enjoy a healthy afternoon with their friends and neighbors, but they are also helping improve the lives of hospitalized children. We can’t thank the volunteers enough who made this fundraising event and the Main Street Mile so special,” said Pat LaFontaine.

“Dave & Buster’s is committed to giving back to our communities. We enjoyed being part of this great event,” said Greg Corbly, General Manager of Dave and Busters in Farmingdale.

Dignitaries in attendance included Legislator Dave Mejias and Mayor George “Butch” Starkie and Pat LaFontaine.

Other Winners

The men’s open division (under 40 years of age) was won by Chris Mammone of Merrick who repeated as men’s open champion in a time of 4:16, followed in 2nd place by Boyd Carrington of Bellmore in a time of 4:22, and Michael Petrina of Bayport in a time of 4:30. Don Saggano, who came all the way from Rochester, came in 4th with a time of 4:38. George Starkie, son of Mayor Starkie, was also a participant, coming in at a time of 4:43, and finishing as the 1st place Farmingdale resident. Other great performances included Luke Albert of Farmingdale in 4:48, Trent Hampton of Central Islip in 4:50,

In the men’s master’s division, Carlos Castro of Levittown in 4:47 came in 1st, followed by Paul Murphy of West Sayville in 4:51 and Will Widman of North Babylon in 4:54, followed up by John Daly of Massapequa in 4:55, Silas Murray of Bayshore in 4:57 and Michael Robles of Smithtown in 4:58.

In the women’s open division, Leonora Petrina of Bayport who set a course record with a remarkable time of 4:44, beating out defending champion Lesley Higgins in 4:58, with 15-year-old Lauren Lavoro in at 5:16, followed by Meagan Evangelopoulis of Smithtown in 5:19, Cristin Guille of Long Beach in 5:22, Nicole Eastzer in 5:24, Jessica Peterman in 5:29, Noelle Cutter in 5:30 (1st Farmingdale Woman), Erica Hylton in 5:30. Allison Clark of Levittown in 5:35, April Lemieux of Queens Village in 5:39, Lisa Bonanni of Selden in 5:39, Rita Siminkas of Great Neck in 5:41, Jessica Petrina of Plainview in 5:45, and Susan Haywood of Ridge in 5:47.

In the women’s masters division, Zofia Wieciorkowska of Stratford, CT. Finished in 5:11, followed by Karen Cotty of East Quogue in 5:39, Jill Skelly of Baldwin in 5:56 and Christine Reilly in 5:59.

There were also great performances from some of the younger participants, including 16-year-old Rob Tassy of Seaford in 4:54, 15-year-old Austin Mitunewicz of Wantagh in 4:59 and 15-year-old Lauren Lavoro in 5:16.

This year’s race was once again run in memory of John McManus, a longtime member of the Long Island running community who passed away in 2007. The last race he ever participated in was the 2006 Main Street Mile.

“Given the economy, we know that it is challenging is for a number of people, all the more reason we are very appreciative for the support and generosity we received from our sponsors and participants,” said co-race director Mark Leff of Cisco Systems. “The proceeds from this event will go a long way towards helping children and their families in their time of need given the great work done by CiC. “

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