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Oyster Bay Runners Invited To Long Island Greenbelt Trail Runs

Testing yourself for running the 26-mile marathon on these 25 and 50 kilometer runs

For those who want to test themselves beyond the marathon distance of 26 miles, 385 yards that marks the ultimate accomplishment for most runners, the  Long Island Greenbelt Trail 50 Kilometer Run is the place to do it.  The Run will be held on Saturday, May 12, starting and finishing at the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) headquarters on Dupont Street in Plainview, which is about a half mile from the Sunnyside Boulevard trailhead of the Greenbelt Trail.

But not everyone wants to do an ultra, and for the past six years the Club has expanded the scope of the run to include the new Long Island Greenbelt Trail 25 kilometer run as well.

The 25K will take you up from the GLIRC clubhouse on the northern portion of the scenic Greenbelt Trail to the Cold Spring Harbor Trail terminus and back.  The 50K will be a double out-and-back over the same course. The 50K will start at 7:30 a.m. and the 25K will start at 8:30 a.m. Whichever distance you choose, there will be plenty of well-stocked aid stations to keep you going.

The 50K is the 2012 USATF - Long Island 50K Trail Championship Race.

Running an ultra is not for everyone, but a 50K is certainly well within the reach of everyone who has successfully completed a marathon. The 25 K is something that anyone who has successfully completed a half marathon is capable of doing. The fact that it is on the trails will make it an extra-interesting experience.   Remember — you never know what you are capable of until you try that extra distance.

For more information or entry frorms, call the Running Club office at (516) 349-7646.  To register online, go to glirc.org.

News

In a little-known chapter of New York City’s history, the name of police officer Phillip Cardillo is spoken in hushed, revered whispers. Though he was tragically killed in the line of duty back in 1972, the burning embers of his memory are still fanned by a passionate few who wish to finally obtain for the fallen hero the elusive recognition that he truly deserves.

At their Oct. 8 meeting in Mineola, the Nassau County-based Association of Retired Police Officers (ARPO) held a heartfelt ceremony, as both Cardillo as well as the driven NYPD detective who has fought for justice in his name for the past four decades, were honored as the true heroes that they are.

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.


Sports

A number of awards were given to runners in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich area at the Oct. 18 Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run, including 23-year-old Justin Nakrin of Oyster Bay, who finished in 12th place overall and second in the 20-24 age group, and 43-year-old Daniel Valderrama of Oyster Bay, who scored in 17th place overall and second in the 40-44 age group. Maggie Reid of Locust Valley earned first place honors in the 15-19 age group.

The indomitable 81-year-old Nina Jennings of Mill Neck was the oldest woman to finish the run, taking first place honors in the women’s 80-84 age group in 35 minutes, 11 seconds, a pace of 11:19 per mile. She was the fastest of all of the five finishers—male or female—who were 80 years old or more.

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.


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Friday, October 31

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