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Local Athletes Complete Annual Long Island Greenbelt Trail Run

Five endurance athletes from the Massapequas—-Thomas Durnin, Brendan Mims, Brian Coll, Kerry Ann Massett, and Warren Drezen—-were among the 150 endurance athletes who successfully completed the eighth annual Long Island Greenbelt Trail Runs on May 8.

The strong Massapequa area contingent was led by Brendan Mims, who completed the 25 Kilometer Run in 2 hours, 17 minutes, 52 seconds, scoring in 8th place overall. Mims was followed by Massett (2:44:51), finishing as the second place female, Coll (2:45:14), Durnin (3:11:20), and Drezen (3:49:56).

Overcast skies at the start were followed by some short but torrential showers and high winds before the sun finally made an appearance in the closing stages of the run.

The Greenbelt Trail covers the entire width of Long Island from the Atlantic Ocean north to Long Island Sound, and the Greenbelt Trail 25 K covers an out-and-back course on the northern third of the Trail between Plainview and the Trail terminus at the Cold Spring Harbor boat dock. The southern miles of the course are fairly flat, but there are a series of nasty hills in the last two miles before the runners reach Cold Spring Harbor.

Race Director Nick Palazzo did another outstanding job putting the pieces together, with some most welcome support from Super Runner’s Shop and its proprietor Gary Muhrcke.

Race organizers were pleased to welcome Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia as the official starter of this year’s Greenbelt Trail 50 Kilometer Run.