I have been running in Port Washington for 23 years, and have run the New York City Marathon eight times, usually finishing in the top 5 percent. I was a member of the Long Island Road Runners Club for many years.

We all knew that runners had no rights to the streets or sidewalks. The roads were built for cars and trucks, not for runners. The sidewalks were built for people to casually walk on, not for runners to run through crowded sidewalks.

Barton Sadowsky, in his letter of April 10, is offended because cars and trucks drive negligently, and he "has narrowly escaped serious injury or death many times." He also states that his wife "was running on the sidewalk on Main Street" ... and "has had near misses" many times.

Well, Mr. Sadowsky should not be running on main roads like Port Boulevard, Main Street, Shore Road, etc., and his wife should not be running on the busy sidewalks of Main Street. One of my elderly patients was accidentally knocked down by a runner on the sidewalk of Main Street last year.

Either run on the quiet side streets of Port, or run around the high school track!

In my 23 years of running in Port, I have never had a "near miss" with a car or truck, but I run on the side streets, where there are very few moving vehicles. The only time I would ever run on a main road would be after 11 p.m., when there are very few cars on the road and no trucks.

Mr. Sadowsky should have learned his lesson in 1987, when he says he suffered a fractured skull from a passing motorist. Yes, it is very dangerous to run in heavy traffic. Stay away from busy roads, and only run on the peaceful, quiet side streets of Port Washington.

Marshall Hubsher MD

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