Friday, 31 August 2012 09:02
The Long Island running community visited the Sands Point Preserve at the top of the Port Washington peninsula on Saturday morning, August 11, and local athletes from the Plainview-Old Bethpage, Syosset, Woodbury and Jericho communities were quite prominent in the event.
The event was the Sands Point Preserve Sprint for the Feinstein Institute, a five kilometer run that attracted 300 finishers to navigate a unique combination of paved paths, runner-friendly woodland trails, and striking Long Island Sound vistas.
Congratulations go out to award winners Bradley Raxenberg of Woodbury, who scored in fourth place overall and first in the 20-24 age group with a time of 18 minutes, 48 seconds, Steven Weiss of Plainview (second in the 35-39 age group in 22:39), Richard Kleiman of Plainview (second in the 65-69 age group in 25:23), Art Koppelman of Syosset (second in the 70-74 age group in 29:38) and Odd Sangesland with Plainview (second in the 80-84 age group in 45:34.)
Other local runners who didn’t win awards but who finished in the top echelons of the race included 15-year-old Sam Breiter of Plainview, who scored in 28th place overall with a time of 21:49, 26-year-old James Ciano of Syosset, who was 69th overall in a time of 24:34 and 32-year-old George Drakkatos of Plainview, 88th overall in 25:47.
Race director Abe Bernstein of host Greater Long Island Running Club went all-out to ensure the success of this year’s event, as his way of saying “thank you” to the people from the North Shore-LIJ Feinstein Institute who got him back on his feet and back on the track after a bout with lymphoma. Genentech (“In Business for Life”) was a repeat major sponsor once again this year. The entire net proceeds of the run were once again dedicated to the Feinstein Institute and the fight against blood cancers.
“We were thrilled to have our friends from Plainview-Old Bethpage, Syosset, Woodbury and Jericho join us for the sprint,” observed Bernstein. “Sands Point is a great place to stage a running event, and we certainly hope to be here again in 2013.”
Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
Syosset High School’s community service-based Interact Club has raised more than $140,000 over the past decade for Gift of Life International, a foundation that provides life-saving heart surgeries to children with congenital heart defects.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:25
The delightful and upbeat Annie Bleiberg, who is 93 years young, considers herself a very lucky person.
Bleiberg, a Woodbury resident, was a slave at Auschwitz during the Holocaust and her story of survival is chronicled in We Will Survive, a new book by Grammy award-winning artist Gloria Gaynor, known for her famous song “I Will Survive.”
On Nov. 19, The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County held its Annual Tribute dinner at the Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation, with more than 400 people in attendance including Bleiberg and Gaynor.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:56
The 6th Annual Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4-Mile Run held on Nov. 23 was almost a brand new race—a new community (East Meadow) with a new school (the new Eden II/Genesis School at St. Raphael’s Parish) and a new flat course through some very nice local streets.
Among the 863 finishers were several award winners from local communities: Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (1st woman 55-59 age group), Glen Wolther of Jericho (3rd 55-59 age group), Pamela Lee of Syosset (1st woman 60-64 age group) and Bert Jablon of Syosset (1st 85-89 age group).
Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:50
Graduate student and Syosset native Kiera Harrison became the first-ever Loyola University Maryland cross country runner to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, by the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee in November.
Harrison will become the first-ever Greyhound to compete at an NCAA Division I Championship in any sport as an individual.
“This was all Kiera’s hard work,” head cross country coach Rick Woods said. “She deserves this opportunity.”The veteran distance runner was the only Patriot League finisher to earn All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors this year, finishing 24th at the regional meet by tying a career-best time of 20:51 on Nov. 15.