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Third Annual Oyster Fest Run with Grandpa on Oct. 15

On Sept. 23, Richard LaMarca emailed his friends and relatives on Sept. 23 to remind them to sign up for the “3rd Annual Oyster Fest Run with Grandpa.”. The grandpa in question is Oyster Bay attorney Anthony LaMarca.

Richard said, “Hi everyone.

“Autumn is upon us, so you know what that means...

“It’s time to sign up for this year’s Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor’s 5K Run (a.k.a. Oyster Fest Run), our 3rd Annual Run with Grandpa! The race will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 9 a.m., the first day of this year’s Oyster Festival, celebrating its 28th year.”

He added a link for the race event information and to register online.

“I hope everyone will sign up! Start getting ready by walking/jogging. See pictures from the last two years attached,” said Richard.

He added a link to the Oyster Festival run too, and added, “Looking forward to seeing everybody there!”

Attorney Anthony LaMarca is familiar to Oyster Bay residents. He is the attorney for many local organizations.

When asked about his dad, Richard said, “Yes, my dad is an inspiration to not only his family but he has also had a tremendous impact on many, many people and organizations throughout the Oyster Bay community as he was born and raised here and all of his five children and their families live here as well.

“Running has been one of his several passions over the years and what better way to celebrate his life than to join him at it.”

Grandpa Race Organizer LaMarca added the names for the captions of the photographs from the 2009 and 2010 Oyster Festival runs, including their relationships to his father. Be sure to cheer them on as you watch this year’s Oyster Festival Supervisor’s 5K run.

The Run will once again start on South Street (the main north/South road in Oyster Bay) in the heart of downtown Oyster Bay, head up Berry Hill Road, turn down Sandy Hill Road, with a great finish on East Main Street to Townsend Square. This is the fifth year that the Run will be utilizing a unique course that will show you the scenic beauties of Oyster Bay at their best!

The entry fee is only $20 for those who register in advance, with a discounted pre-registration entry fee of only $17 for residents of the Town of Oyster Bay. You can register on the morning of the Run for only $25. Each entrant will receive a high quality commemorative sweatshirt.

The Run will be conducted once again under the auspices of the Town of Oyster Bay and its Department of Parks and Recreation, with race management handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club. Timing and scoring with be handled by John Snitko of JMS Racing services, utilizing the newest technology with the timing chips built right into the bib numbers.

Bib number and sweatshirt pickup will be in the Community Center in Townsend Square Parking Lot just off East Main Street in Oyster Bay from 7:15 to 8:45 a.m. on the 15th, with overflow parking available in the parking lot of Oyster Bay-East Norwich High School. Advance pick-up will be at The Runner’s Edge, 242 Main Street in Farmingdale, on Friday, Oct. 14 from noon to 5 p.m.

The top male and female finishers will receive a cash prize of $250 each, the second-place male and female finishers will receive a cash prize of $150 each, and the 3rd place male and female finishers will receive a cash prize of $100 each, courtesy of The Runner’s Edge. Note: only bona fide residents of either Nassau or Suffolk County are eligible to win prize money!

For more information or entry forms, call Mike or Linda at the Running Club office at 349-7646, or call Diane at the Oyster Bay Parks Department at 797-4125.

The Oyster Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Food vendors are local not for profits who use the festival as a local fundraiser.