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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

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

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.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


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Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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