Written by Observer Staff, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:37
A record field of 1,266 runners and walkers crossed the finish line on Saturday morning, Dec. 21 at the 26th annual Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5 Kilometer Run, which started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage.
Mark Valentino of Smithtown and Nick DiBenedetto of Wantagh went stride for stride for the entire race, with Valentino repeating his 2012 win by edging out DiBenedetto at the finish line by less than a second. Katie McGrath of Oakdale had a much easier time of it, winning the women’s division by 42 seconds over Lauren Jasinski of Plainview.
Award winning local finishers were Megan Pfeiffer of Massapequa (1st woman Athena Weight Class), Emma Schneider of Massapequa (3rd woman 10 and under age group), Matthew Banfield of Massapequa Park (1st 11-14 age group), Will Hroch of Massapequa (3rd 11-14 age group), Karen Conkling of Massapequa (1st woman 50-54 age group), Monica Enright of Massapequa (2nd woman 50-54 age group), and Jay Byrne of Massapequa (3rd 60-64 age group).
The charitable beneficiary of the Run was once again The Opening Word, a program run by the Dominican Sisters to teach English and other skills to poor uneducated immigrant women.
The Run was managed by the Greater Long Island Running Club, with GLIRC’s Ric DiVeglio serving as the Run Director. The key sponsors were the leading Long Island Intellectual Property law firm of Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, and local 338 RWDSU/UFCW.