Friday, 23 July 2010 00:00
Another record-breaking field of 392 runners and walkers crossed the finish line at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School at the 7th annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run on Sunday morning, July 11th. It was the second year in a row that the number of finishers for this event broke the race record.
Award winners from the Massapequa’s included Bob Spina of North Massapequa, who scored first in the 45-49 Age Group with a time of 18 minutes, 58 seconds, 11-year-old Robert W. Cole of Massapequa Park, who earned the third place plaque in the 12 and under Age Group with a finishing time of 27:31, Glenn Morse of Massapequa, who took top honors in the 60-64 Age Group with a finishing time of 23:02, and Norman Hershkowitz of North Massapequa, who won third place in the 70-74 Age Group in 32:06, and John Niesen of Massapequa Park, who took home the second place plaque in the 80 to 84 Age Group in 49:49.
The 2010 Run was held to benefit the Plainview/Syosset Hospital Scholarship Fund for local students considering a career in a medically related field, and to support community services at Plainview and Syosset Hospitals to better serve patients. This year’s Run was in honor of Dr. Dorit Ben-Moha of Plainview and her “Regain My Life” Program to help folks with weight issues on the journey to their new life of better health and fitness.
New this year was a 1/4-mile fun run for the youngsters on the track at the Middle School, with about 30 young athletes participating, as this event kicks off the Greater Long Island Running Club’s local campaign to fight childhood obesity.
A big thank you to Greater Long Island Running Club Race Coordinators Ric and Kathy DiVeglio and to the Race Committee from Plainview and Syosset Hospitals that made it all possible: Dr. Alan Mensch, Dr. Charles Farber, Jo Ellen Cole, Nicole D’Addario, and Jeani Beard.
Thanks as well to the major sponsors of the Run: the Medical Staffs at Plainview and Syosset Hospitals, Central Island Healthcare, Dr. Howard Matt, Alure Home Products, Axis Construction Corporation, Medical Arts Radiology Group, Sitron-Hammel Radiology Group, Axis Construction Corporation, Huntington Hills Center for Health & Rehabilitation, and Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation.
Race organizers very much appreciated the public officials who took the time and effort to show up to support for this important event on July 11: New York State Senator Kemp Hannon, Nassau County Legislators Judy Jacobs, Joe Belesi and Rose Marie Walker, and Oyster Bay Town Councilman Tony Macagnone.