On Sunday, July 22, a very special event will take place on the roads of Plainview: The 9th Annual Heart and Sole 5 Kilometer Run. Host Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) is asking for the cooperation of local residents to help make the run successful and safe.
The club will be staging the run on behalf of the Plainview and Syosset Hospitals of North Shore - Long Island Jewish Health System, with the proceeds earmarked to support the Plainview/Syosset Scholarship Fund for local students considering a career in a medically-related field and to support community services at Plainview and Syosset Hospitals to better serve patients.
Registration is now open for the 27th Annual Bethpage Federal Credit Union Ocean to Sound 50 Mile Relay. The date is Sunday, Sept. 23, and it’s not too early to start putting a team together for Long Island’s biggest running extravaganza, now celebrating its 27th year.
The relay brings the entire Long Island running community together for an annual September tradition, with 150 teams of eight runners each, traversing a 50-mile course that starts at Jones Beach State Park at 8 a.m., heads north and east through Wantagh, Seaford, Massapequa, Farmingdale and Old Bethpage before crossing into Huntington, hitting the Long Island Sound at Lloyd Harbor, returning to Nassau County via Cold Spring Harbor and Syosset, and then heading north again to a dramatic finish on the grounds of Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay. Each runner on the team covers a leg of between five and seven miles.
A crowd of more than a hundred novice runners showed up on the track at Bethpage High School on Wednesday evening, June 27, for the first session in the summer-long RunStart program conducted by the Greater Long Island Running Club under the auspices of County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums.
Sydney Morales earned her Junior Black Belt at Zanshin Self Defense Academy on June 23. Sensei Karen Lamb congratulates Morales on this achievement. Zanshin Self Defense Academy is located at 334 Jackson Avenue in Syosset.
The SYAC Girls Softball spring 2012 season came roaring to a close, with three nail-biting playoff finals. On Monday, June 11, the Smile Station won the Junior League championship with a victory over the Dr. Laura’s Dental Divas, as the sun set over Hap Harris field at Syosset High School. Also wrapping up its season this past week was the SYAC Instructional League, which played many fun games at South Grove Elementary School.
On Thursday, June 14, at Syosset-Woodbury Park, the Senior League Championship came down to the very last pitch, as Black Wolf held on for a 5-4 victory over Dantona Industries.
Congratulations to 31-year-old Plainview runner Shari Klarfeld, who scored as the women’s overall winner of the 21st Annual David Lerner Associates Long Island Police Appreciation Run, a 5 kilometer race held at Eisenhower Park on Thursday evening, June 14.
Klarfeld crossed the finish line in 19 minutes, 21 seconds, a pace of 6:14 per mile that brought her to the finish line nearly two full minutes in front of runner-up Carina Ferry of Long Beach. This has been a wining year for the diminutive Klarfeld, who has been the first woman overall in such recent races as the Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon 5K, the Sunset Run in Kings Park, and the CPAs 4(a) Cause 5K in Wantagh Park. She is a member of the Greater Long Island Running Club, who managed the event.
On Saturday morning, June 9, the barbecues by Zorn’s Catering Service were set up in anticipation of a big turnout for the community tradition of the Jericho Athletic Association’s (JAA) Annual Picnic during its baseball and softball playoffs. By late morning the food was cooking and the playoff games were under way. During the day exciting games were constantly being played on the Jericho High School baseball fields.
This annual picnic is one of Jericho’s favorite community activities, with hundreds of Jericho residents in attendance during the day. Zorn’s was kept very busy serving up an unlimited supply of hamburgers, hotdogs and an assortment of chicken.
The Syosset Girls U9 Travel Soccer team finished the season with a first- place win in the Platinum division at the Commack Memorial Day Tournament. The girls won four games and went undefeated over the weekend. United/Hotshots outscored their opponents with extremely strong defense.
The Smile Station won a thrilling 9-8 nail-biter over Dr. Laura’s Dental Divas in the finals of the SYAC Girls Softball Junior League Playoffs at Hap Harris Field on June 11. The Dental Divas went into the final inning down a run, but they tied the game on a soaring home run off the bat of Sarah Levine, who also pitched a great game. The Smile Station came back in the bottom of the final sixth inning, as Rachel Kitagawa stroked a hit and stretched it to second—and then scampered home as Jamie Geen put the ball in play.
For the Love of the Game (FLG), an elite youth lacrosse club based on Long Island, recently made a special jersey in memory of Welles Crowther. Crowther was a lacrosse player at Boston College who selflessly helped many people escape from the collapse of the towers on September 11, 2001, only to be lost in that tragedy himself. The jersey will be given to an FLG player who best exemplifies Crowther’s characteristics of honor, caring and a sense of duty. Crowther was a polite, self-disciplined, well-spoken, protective friend, brother and son and serves as a role model for many young athletes.
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