Friday, 09 November 2012 00:00
The 5th Annual Grillo & Associates Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4 Mile Run was almost a brand new race: it was a new community (North Bellmore/North Merrick) with a new school, the Nassau BOCES Children’s Readiness Center, and a new flat course through some very nice local streets.
What didn’t change were the high quality hoodies given out for every entrant and volunteer, an array of past-race refreshments, quick and accurate results courtesy of JMS Racing Services, and a generous raffle highlighted by a Beach Bike courtesy of South Shore Bicycle and Fitness.
Six hundred ninety-five finishers were led to the finish line by a couple of folks who are no strangers to overall wins: Franklin Diaz and Heather Williams. Diaz was 28 seconds in front of runner-up Travis Wooten, and Williams was over a minute in front of runner-up Karen Pompay, who earned top honors among the women’s Masters. Wil Widman Jr. won the top Masters award with a PR of 22:22 and a third-place overall finish.
Local runners won more than their fair share of awards at Blazing Trails. The big local contingent was led by Steve Weiss of Plainview, who earned the second-place award in the men’s 35-39 age group with a time of 27:12, and Shari Klarfeld of Plainview, who led the women in the 30-34 age group with a time of 27:16. Klarfeld, currently in her seventh month of pregnancy, is still running under-7-minute miles.
Other local runners coming home from the Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4 Mile Run were Colleen Carroll of Plainview (second Athena 160-pound-plus weight division), Kimberly Ridini of Syosset (first woman, 20-24 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (first woman, 55-59 age group), Barry Jerson of Plainview (first man, 60-64 age group), and 85-year-old Bert Jablon (first, 85-and-over age group).
The entire net proceeds of the run were once again dedicated to the Eden II and Genesis Foundation, which supports children and adults with autism through specialized programs designed to help them achieve the highest possible quality of living throughout their lives. Joanne D’Esposito of Eden II Genesis served as the new run chairperson, and race management was provided by the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Race organizers were thrilled to welcome the Richard Grillo Agency of Nationwide Insurance back again as the title sponsor of the event once again, and to welcome such other major sponsors as South Shore Bicycle & Fitness, Petro, Anton Media Group, Panera Bread, Tekniverse, Different Roads to Learning, Pamela’s Products, Forest Laboratories, All Round Foods, Waldbaum’s, New York Community Bank Foundation, Ridgewood Bank, Whole Foods, and Knockout Pest Control.
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.