Local runners and walkers of all ages and levels of ability from Oyster Bay, East Norwich, Bayville, Locust Valley and other North Shore communities are invited to "head east" to test their training and endurance levels in the eighth annual Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid Kings Park 15 Kilometer Run, Long Island's toughest running event.
Joining Race Director Steven Toto (seated, second right) in announcing plans for the eighth annual run are Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid partners (standing left to right) Matt Lamstein, Ralph Rosella, Sam Yedid, Steve Aptheker, James Devine, Scott Feuer, and (seated left to right) Michele Pincus, Robin Abramowitz and Zach Murdoch.
The run will take place on Saturday, March 12 starting at 9:15 a.m. at the W.T. Rogers Middle School on Old Dock Road in Kings Park. The proceeds of the run will be donated to various brain tumor-related charities, including the American Brain Tumor Association and the family of local brain tumor patient 9-year-old Nichole O'Connor. This will be the first year that the run is being held on a Saturday rather than a Sunday.
The Kings Park 15K is a perfect tough training run for those who are setting their sights on a spring marathon or half marathon. It features some of the most beautiful vistas - and most challenging hills - on Long Island's North Shore. Kings Park is very much not your usual fast, flat course - but for those who want to test themselves, the place to do it is Kings Park on Saturday, March 12. For the youngsters - and anyone else who isn't up to the 15 kilometer distance - there will also be a 1⁄2 mile Fun Run/Fun Walk.
The prestigious law firm of Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C. has stepped forward to be the title sponsor of this eighth edition of the run once again, and several of the partners in the firm will themselves once again be taking the challenge of the hills of Kings Park.
The run will once again be staged by the Greater Long Island Running Club, with Club Executive Board member Steven Toto serving again as the director of the run.
Every entrant in the 15K Run will receive one of the distinctive high quality long sleeve shirts specially designed for the Kings Park Run, and every entrant in the Fun Run will be presented with a special commemorative medal when he or she crosses the finish line.
Awards will be given to the top male and female finisher, to the top three male and female finishers in each of 14 five-year age groups, up through age 75 and older, and the top three male and female finishers in each of two "Clydesdale" weight divisions, and the top three male and female wheelchair racers.
There will once again be $100 cash prizes for the first place male and female runners, $50 for the first place male and female masters runners, $50 for the first male and female senior masters (age 50+), and $100 for the first place male and female wheelchair finishers. There is a $100 bonus if either the overall male or overall female winner breaks the course record.
Bayville speedster Katherine Cimonetti took second place honors in the tough 25-29 age group in last year's run. Katherine is expected to be back to try again in 2005 and should be joined by lots of other local runners!
The entry fee for the 2005 15K Run has been set at $18 ($16 for GLIRC members) if you sign up by March 5, $20 between March 6 and March 11, and $25 for those who wait until the day of the run to register. (50 percent discount to all runners under 16 who register by March 5). The entry fee for the Fun Run is $4 for pre-registrants and $5 for latecomers.
For information or entry forms, contact the Greater Long Island Running Club at 349-7646, or visit the club's website (and sign up online) at www.glirc.org.