More than 1,700 people participated in the Community Chest Thanksgiving Day Run this year. Ranging from age 8 to 82, the runners and walkers were cheered on by family and friends on a sunny Thanksgiving morning.
With all Port Washington top overall finishers, overall winner for the day was 28-year-old Stephen Ellwood, finishing the race in 28 minutes and 58 seconds. Cary Segall, 34-years- old of New York City, came in third (29:11) and Noah Bondy, age 17, came in third (29:56).
Overall female winners of the day included 57-year-old Kathryn Martin (31:38), in second place, Suzanne Dillmeier of Manhasset (31:50) and in third place Jacqueline Caulfield (33:00) of Port Washington. And, 79-year-old Sally Olds came in first in the 75-70 age group.
In the boys age 12 and under group, Julian Laker (37:19) placed first; Leo Potters came in second and Brian McCabe placed third - all are 12 years old and from Port Washington. In the girls age 12 and under group, Nicole Boyd of Manhasset finished first, Emma Zimmerman placed second and Emily Karmel came in third -both are from Port Washington.
In the male age 13-15 division, with all Port Washington top-finishers, Chun Liu came in first, James Gallagher placed second and Ryan Schwartz finished third. In the female age 13-15 division, Bridgette McDermott finished first, Allegra Maldonado placed second and Carrie Zimmerman came in third.
In the female 16-19 division, top finishers were Mary Elisa Lofredo, Molly O'Connell, and Marissa Fox. In the male 16-19 division, top finishers were Eddie Grove, Christopher Lyons and Richard Schmitz.
Awards were given to the top three athletes, male and female, in age categories staring at 12 and topping off at 80 plus - with 80-year-old Robert Mazza finishing first in that division. Timing and results were calculated by Finish Line Road Race Technicians. Results are posted on www.flrrt.com. In addition, race photos are available at www.islandphoto.com.
"This is truly a wonderful event, with outstanding participation from runners, sponsors, residents along the route and the more than 75 volunteers that helped to make this event possible," said Leo Ullman, co-chair of the Port Washington Community Chest Thanksgiving Day Run. "The proceeds will go directly to support the "people of Port" through our charitable organization.
Co-sponsored by the Town of North Hempstead, the Community Chest Thanksgiving Day run received outstanding support and assistance from the Port Washington Police, Nassau County Police and Sands Point Police, the Port Washington paramedics, and the Villages of Manorhaven, Port Washington North and Sands Point.