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Noni Accetturi of Syosset breaks the tape as the first woman overall in the 2009 Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid Kings Park 15 Kilometer Run.

Thirty-five-year-old Noni Accetturi of Syosset was the overall Women's winner of the 2009 edition of the Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid Kings Park 15 Kilometer Run on Saturday, March 7. Noni was the Women's winner in 2008 as well, but this year her blazing time of 59 minutes, 54 seconds set a new course record, shattering old record of 1:00:57 set by Yolanda Flamino in 2007.

A total of 699 runners completed the 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) through the hills of Kings Park, arguably the toughest running course on Long Island. The event was staged once again by the Greater Long Island Running Club under the direction of GLIRC Run Director Steven Toto, and was the kickoff event for the 2009 USA Track & Field - Long Island Grand Prix of Long Island road races.

"Noni is an incredible athlete, as well as being a very nice young lady," observed Run Director Toto. "This is by no means the first local race that she has won, and I am quite certain it won't be the last."

Noni, a member of the Greater Long Island Running Club who runs competitively for the Bellmore Striders, lives in Syosset with her 5-year-old daughter Mia. When she isn't running or parenting, she works as a teacher at Nassau County BOCES, and will be serving this summer as the summer coordinator of Nassau BOCES Children's Early Readiness Center.

Other local runners winning awards in the Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid 15 Kilometer Run included Conor Nickel of Syosset (3rd, 15-19 age group), Robis Degirmenci of Syosset (3rd, 35-39 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (3rd woman, 50-54 age group), Barry Jerson of Plainview (3rd, 60-64 age group), and Odd Sangesland of Plainview (3rd, 75 and over age group).

The next Greater Long Island Running Club event, as well as the next race in the USA Track & Field - Long Island Grand Prix, is the Nationwide Insurance 10 Kilometer Run for ASPIRE, which will start and finish at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview on Saturday morning, April 4, 2009.


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