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Local Runners Score in Holiday Run

With the hint of snow in the air, but fortunately several hours before it hit the ground in the big December 19th snowstorm, several athletes from the Massapequa’s created a storm of their own with their award winning performances in the 22nd annual Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho Holiday 5 Kilometer Run through the streets of Bethpage.

The top local finisher was 41-year-old Chris O’Donnell of Massapequa, who crossed the finish line at Bethpage’s John F. Kennedy Middle School in 20 minutes, 50 seconds, to score in 43rd place overall out of 1015 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes and third in the 40-44 Age Group.

Other local award winners were Tim Radomski of Massapequa Park whose 22:40 finish earned him third place honors in the Clydesdale 200 pound plus Weight Division, Karen Conkling of Massapequa, who scored in 23:31, good for third place in the women’s 45-49 Age Group, and John Niesen of Massapequa Park, who finished in 45:34 to win the 2nd place award in the 80-84 Age Group.

The Ho Ho Ho Run was conducted under the auspices of the Greater Long Island Running Club, with GLIRC’s Ric Diveglio serving as the Race Director. The Melville Intellectual Property Law Firm of Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt was the title sponsor, with Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW also providing a big financial boost.

Proceeds from the event will be turned over to The Opening Word, an education program conducted by the Dominican Sisters for poor Long Island women to give them the tools they need to become productive members of society.

Thanks go to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto and Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman and Nassau County Legislator-Elect Rose Marie Walker on hand to welcome the participants to the finish line.

“It’s great to see Michael and so many other of our Levittown friends on hand for this year’s run,” said Race Director Ric Diveglio. “It was a great morning and we were happy at the outstanding turnout.”

The 23rd annual Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho Holiday 5 Kilometer Run will be held on Saturday, December 18, 2010, so mark your calendars now.