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Runners Invited To Sands Point Jaunt

Runners and walkers from Plainview-Old Bethpage and all over Long Island and beyond are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5 kilometer courses on Long Island at the Sands Point Sprint on Saturday, Aug. 9.

The run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve.  

The leading Nassau County law firm of Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello has signed on to be the new lead sponsor of the event, with partner John Dunne and his wife planning on running the 5k distance. The Lynbrook Runner’s Stop will be back as the presenting sponsor.   

The 216-acre Sands Point Preserve is an unparalleled mixture of natural and landscaped areas with forests, meadows, beach and cliffs, gardens and a freshwater pond providing habitats for a variety of plants and animals. The proximity of different habitats provides a unique opportunity to create a 5 kilometer course that will enable all the runners and walkers to experience the various aspects of the entire preserve.   

Awards will be presented in age groups running from 10 and under through 85 plus, as well as Clydesdale/Athenas. The Greater Long Island Running Club will present many post-race amenities, including refreshments, commemorative t-shirts and a variety of door prices.

Last year’s edition of the Sands Point Sprint attracted 313 finishers, including top Plainview finishers Ken Colantuoni, who scored in 10th place overall and took second place honors in the 40-44 age group. David Drebsky, who earned the third place award in the 30-34 age group, Kim Schechter, who was the third woman finisher in the 40-44 age group, and Kathy Neuman, who took third place in the women’s 50-54 age group.

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Massapequa resident and event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event.

For as long as she could remember, Christina Amato-Smith has always wanted to open her own hair salon. The Floral Park native worked at a salon down the road from her home, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Amato-Smith made good on her promise to herself.

“I came to Bethpage to open my business because my clients were here,” said Amato-Smith, who now lives in Lindenhurst and has owned Top Cuts for 20 years.

While her business has been met with much success, in 2008, Amato-Smith’s personal life was met with a life altering challenge when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. It was this event that prompted Top Cuts to organize a cut-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. This year’s event occurs on Saturday, Nov. 1.


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Health and Wellness Senior Fair

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