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Oyster Bay To Host 25th Anniversary Runner’s Edge-TOB Triathlon

Junior Triathlon also taking place; all are encouraged to come out and cheer the athletes on

The hamlet of Oyster Bay will be hosting one of Long Island’s most important and exciting recreational sporting events, the 25th Anniversary Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, on Sunday, Aug. 26.

The “Tri” will once again start and finish at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. Fifteen hundred athletes are expected to complete a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, followed by a 15-kilometer bike ride through Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and finishing up with a 5-kilometer run up to the Planting Fields Arboretum and back to the finish line at Roosevelt Park. The first wave of athletes will enter the water at 7:30 a.m., and the last athlete should cross the finish line well before 11 a.m.

The triathlon is conducted under the auspices of the Town of Oyster Bay and its Department of Parks and Recreation, with TOBAY Recreation Supervisor Diane Ramos serving as the town’s liaison to the event. Event management is supplied by the Greater Long Island Running Club, with GLIRC’s Jose Lopez and Ray Farrell serving as the event co-directors, and Linda Ottaviano and Mindy Davidson serving as event coordinators..

Proceeds of the event will be distributed to the Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Island Harvest, and the Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay.

It’s too late to sign up for the triathlon, but registration is still open for the 8th Anniversary Runner’s Edge-Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 25, consisting of a 200-yard swim in the harbor, a 2.5-mile bike ride and a 1-mile run, all entirely within the confines of Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. Registration is open for all youngsters ages 8 through 13 who can swim, bike and run. The entry fee is $25 if your child signs up in advance, and $30 on the day of the event. You can register the kids at runnersedgetobaytriathlon.com or call Linda at (516) 349-7646.

“The Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon is one of Long Island’s most important recreational sporting events and one of the most significant triathlons in the Northeast,” said Triathlon Co-Director Ray Farrell. “We hope that local residents will be patient and understanding as the athletes proceed through their streets, and we welcome everyone to cheer the athletes on as they pass by, or to join us at the finish line of this exciting event at Roosevelt Park.”

News

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



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