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Oyster Bay To Host 27th Annual Triathlon

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.

The triathlon is being conducted under the auspices of the Town of Oyster Bay, with the enthusiastic cooperation of Town Supervisor John Venditto and the Town Parks Department. Race management chores will be handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club, with Jose Lopez and Ray Farrell as the co-directors and Linda Ottaviano and Mindy Davidson as the event coordinators.

In addition to The Runner’s Edge and Western Beef, other valued business sponsors of the triathlon are Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room, Babylon Bike, Jonas Chiropractic, & TYR.

The primary charitable beneficiary of the event is The Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay, with other funds going to the Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the Gerald Kaufman Memorial Fund for assistance to multisport athletes and their families in times of personal emergency.    

The first “wave” of triathletes will enter Oyster Bay Harbor at 7:30 a.m. on the morning of the 23rd. After completing their half mile swim, they will hop on their bikes and proceed through Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow before heading back down Berry Hill Road to South Street and Audrey Avenue back to the park, where they will leave their bikes and run up to Planting Fields Road and back to the finish line at the park. The first triathlete will reach the finish line shortly after 8:30 a.m. and the final stragglers should be off the roads shortly after 10 a.m.

The Saturday “main event” will be followed by the Runner’s Edge-TOBAY JUNIOR Triathlon on Sunday, Aug. 24, and youngsters ages 8-13 are invited to (literally) get their feet wet with a 200 yard swim, 2.5 mile bike and a one mile run.

For more information....or inspiration, call the GLIRC office at 516-349-7646.

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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