Opinion

Saturday morning, April 4, a very special event will take place on the roads of Plainview - the 31st annual Nationwide Insurance 10 Kilometer Run for ASPIRE and we are asking for your cooperation to help make the Run successful and safe.

As in prior years, the run will attract more than 800 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes into our community, including several of the young amputees from the ASPIRE program who are the direct beneficiaries of the Run. ASPIRE is the special program that has been set up in conjunction with the Amputee Coalition of America to provide prosthetic devices, intensive physical therapy and rehabilitation through athletics to young amputees, victims of bone cancer and traumatic amputations.

We need your cooperation to assure the safety of these guests in the Plainview community. Please, please avoid driving along the course while the runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes are passing through. The run will start at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School at exactly 9 a.m. next Saturday and the last participant will cross the finish line back at the school no later than 10:30 a.m. although most of the streets along the route will be clear long before then. We kindly ask that you please be especially patient with the need to halt traffic at the Old Country Road/Round Swamp intersection, as the runners and race walkers cross over Old Country Road. We hope that as many of you as possible will be on hand to cheer the participants along their way. There will be lots of folks doing a 10 kilometer run for the first time and they will need all the help and encouragement they can get! This is a great opportunity to show athletes from all over Long Island what a friendly community Plainview is.

Thanks very much in advance for your understanding and your cooperation. If you have any questions about the Run, please don't hesitate to call us at 349-7646.

Mike Polansky, President
Greater Long Island Running Club


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