Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00
It’s been two years since 23-year-old Jonathan Wetzel was winning events and shattering records for the Lehigh University track and cross country teams, but the Huntington Station speedster hasn’t lost a thing in the interim. Wetzel was the overall winner of the Sands Point Preserve Sprint for the Feinstein Institute on August 14, turning in a time of 16 minutes, 46 seconds over the not-so-easy 5-Kilometer course, to beat runner-up, Thomas Slattery of Garden City by 1 minute, 20 seconds.
Local runners from Port Washington won more than their fair share of awards. Seventeen-year-old Elyse Belarge was first among the women in the 15-19 age group, Szymon Rozga took second-place honors in the men’s 25-29 age group, Beth Shakel-Scott earned the third-place plaque among the women in the 30-34 age group, Robert Klugman was the third-place finisher in the men’s 40-44 age group, Colleen Wright won third-place honors in the women’s 40-44 age group, Dawn Serignese won the second-place award in the women’s 45-49 age group, Mark Cichon was the second-place finisher in the Clydesdale 200 pound plus weight division, and veteran Vera Allen scored first in the women’s 80-84 age group.
A total of 331 runners and walkers successfully completed the run, a jump of 38 from the 2010 edition. Part of the credit for that has to go to Mother Nature, who supplied event organizer the Greater Long Island Running Club with a picture perfect morning.
The Sands Point course is not a fast or easy course. The trail in the third mile is not easy to navigate and the hill leading up from the trail is particularly nasty!
Race Director Abe Bernstein went all out to ensure the success of this event, as his way of saying “thank you” to the good people from North Shore-LIJ’s Feinstein Institute who got him back on his feet and back on the roads and track after a bout with Lymphoma. Genentech (“In Business for Life”) was a repeat major sponsor this year, and their support was once again most welcome.
Donations to the Feinstein Institute are still most welcome – and can be sent c/o Abe Bernstein, 54 Trumbull Road, Manhasset, New York 11030.