Written by David Katz Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00
In less than two months, the Sands Point Preserve’s scenic woodlands and picturesque cliffs will transcend their mere aesthetic beauty and be used for more noble purpose. The Preserve will host the 7th annual Sands Point Sprint for the Feinstein Institute, a 5K race that donates all of its net proceeds to the Feinstein Institute of North Shore-LIJ Health System and its Chronic Lymphoma Leukemia research and treatment program. The race will take place on Saturday, August 10, with the opening horn set to blow at 9 a.m. sharp.
The Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) will orchestrate the event as it has in the past, and GLIRC veteran Abe Bernstein, a cancer survivor in remission from lymphoma, will direct event and sponsor it, along with Lynbrook Running Shop and Genentech.
Lymphoma and leukemia are blood cancers that affect a person’s immune system, altering the make-up of white blood cells and crippling a person’s ability to fend off disease. Almost one million people in the United States are currently living with either one of these diseases; the Feinstein Institute is working to reduce that number. A research branch of North Shore-LIJ based in Manhasset, the Feinstein Institute is comprised of more than 1,500 clinicians, scientists, and staff who research treatment methods for Lymphoma and Leukemia, among others, and strive to develop a cure.
The race has shifted venues several times before ultimately finding a home at the Preserve, according to GLIRC’s Linda Ottaviano. The Sprint developed from an earlier race; "it was initially the Syosset Sprint, then it was the South Shore Sprint. It was in Eisenhower Park for a little while and it was called the Sprint for the Parks, and about five years ago it was moved to Sands Point because of the beauty of the village’s Preserve," she said.
Beautiful it is. The Sands Point Preserve boasts 216 acres of forests, beaches, meadows, and cliffs that will surely provide a beautiful landscape for runners to admire as they tread dirt, stone, and grass through the 5K Sprint.
But walkers don’t let the word sprint scare you. All are welcome to run at any pace, with medals awarded to the top three male and female finishers in addition to the top three finishers in a range of age and weight classes. Everybody who participates gets a complimentary tee shirt after submitting the $20 registration fee ($25 on the day of the race).
The event is projected to attract more than 400 runners. GLIRC’s Abe Bernstein said, "For those who have participated in the Sprint for the Feinstein Institute in prior years, thank you for keeping me alive and kicking. For those who join us in the Sprint for the first time in 2013, welcome. Your dollars will probably help save the life of a friend, a relative or someone you know. And... it’s a great race course as well."
Applications for the event can be downloaded online at www.glirc.org/assets/images/events/SandsPoint5K-2013entry.pdf. For more information, contact Linda Ottoviano at the Greater Long Island Running Club at 516-347-7646.