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Phillip Giackette of Ozone Park crossed the finish line with a winning time of 27 minutes, 12 seconds.

Cool temperatures and gray skies were no deterrent to the 1,138 people who turned out to participate in this year's Thanksgiving Day Run, raising over $35,000 for the Community Chest of Port Washington's 2005-2006 Campaign.

Phillip Giackette of Ozone Park came in first, completing the five-mile course with a time of 27 minutes, 12 seconds. Thomas Heinz of East Marion came in second with a time of 27 minutes, 13 seconds, and Richard Schmitz of Port Washington came in third with a time of 27 minutes, 35 seconds.

Cathy Panandrew of Lynbrook took first place among the women, completing the five-mile course in 33 minutes, 59 seconds. Photos by Island Photography

Among women, Cathy Panandrew of Lynbrook took first place with a time of 33 minutes, 59 seconds. Diane Bownes of Long Beach came in second with a time of 34 minutes, 3 seconds, and Luzmilla Chalco or Ridgewood came in third with a time of 35 minutes, 20 seconds.

In the youngest age category, six Port Washington kids claimed the top three places in both male and female categories for runners age 12 and under. Ryan Schwartz, Jonathan Obadia and Michael Florin came in first for the boys, with times of 33:47, 35:56, and 36:08 respectively. Casey Condon, Sara Shlafmitz, and Kate Andriola were the first three girls in this age group, with times of 46:32, 46:35, and 47:01, respectively.

Awards were given to the top three athletes, male and female, in age categories starting at 12 and under and topping off at 80+. Several Port Washington women won first place in their divisions: Astrid Schill in age 13-15 female division; Vandita Khullar in the 20-24 female division; Beth Shackel-Scott in the age 25-29 female division; Allison Neidoff in the 30-34 female division; Elaine Hassan in the 35-39 female division; Bernie Cunningham in the 40-44 female division; Lisa Asnis in the 45-49 female division; Randi Roernes in the 55-59 female division; and Iza Sessler in the 80+ female division. Among local men, Guarav Khullar of Sands Point came in first in the 20-24 male division.

Timing and results were calculated by Finish Line Road Race Technicians. For complete results, visit their website at www.flrrt.com or www.portchest.org. Photos from the race are available at www.islandphoto.com.

This event was made possible thanks to the Community Chest of Port Washington, the Town of North Hempstead, and the generosity of 25 official sponsors: the Slade Family Foundation; the Pall Corporation; Cedar Shopping Centers; Acadia Realty Trust; Dejana Industries; Harding Real Estate; Jobco; Anthony's World of Floors; Arena Sport & Graphics; Bott's Service Center; Cow Bay Contracting; Geller, Marzano & Co., CPAs; King Kullen; Manhasset Diagnostic Imaging/Pathways Women's Health; Om Sweet Om Yoga; Nahas Rugs; Councilman Fred L. Pollack; Port Washington Federal Credit Union; Power Ten Fitness Club; Schmergel Enterprises; Scobbo Contractors; Shaw Wood; Sports Podiatry; Stop & Shop; and Kay and Leo Ullman. Additional support was provided by Brewer's Capri Marina and Dunkin' Donuts. Special thanks to the Port Washington, Nassau County and Sands Point Police, the Port Washington paramedics, and the Villages of Manorhaven, Port Washington North, and Sands Point.

"We would like to thank the community for supporting this wonderful event, including the runners, sponsors, residents along the route and the volunteers that helped make this event successful," said Joel Ziev, co-chair of the Port Washington Thanksgiving Day Run and former president of the Community Chest of Port Washington.

All proceeds from the Port Washington Thanksgiving Day Run support local programs and services funded through the Community Chest of Port Washington, a not-for-profit organization established in 1949 to raise funds for distribution to local charities. For more information or to make a contribution to the Community Chest, please call us at 767-2121 or visit us online at www.portchest.org.


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