Please mark Sunday, April 3 on the calendar as the date for the 34th annual Nationwide Insurance 10 Kilometer Run for ASPIRE, Long Island’s oldest continuously held 10K run.
The run will once again be utilizing the traditional challenging but fair course through the roads of Plainview and Old Bethpage, starting and finishing at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School on Washington Avenue in Plainview. New co-race director Karen Schackner has joined veteran director Bob Windorf in putting together an event that promises to be the biggest and best ASPIRE run ever.
The run will once again be conducted by the Greater Long Island Running Club. The club is pleased to have the continuing support of Anthony Wiszowaty of Nationwide, with his agency and many of the other Nationwide agents on Long Island stepping up to honor the memory of GLIRC’s and Nationwide’s own Stanley Kramberg, with the entire net proceeds of the event once again being turned over to the ASPIRE Program for the rehabilitation of young amputees, and ASPIRE’s Stanley Kramberg Memorial Scholarship Fund. Many of the youngsters in the ASPIRE Program will be participating on the morning of the run.
Runners and walkers of all ages and levels of ability from Plainview-Old Bethpage, Woodbury, Syosset, Jericho and all over Long Island are invited to test their training and endurance levels by being a part of the 14th annual Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid Kings Park 15-Kilometer Run. The run will take place on Saturday, March 19, starting at 9 a.m. at the New Discovery Elementary School on Lawrence Road in Kings Park. (Additional parking is available 3/8 mile away at Kings Park High School).
Notwithstanding frigid conditions, nearly 200 runners were on hand in Bethpage on Saturday morning, Jan. 22 to get started on the RunSmart Training Program for the Long Island Marathon Festival of Races. Lots of people signed up that morning, and everyone enjoyed either a one loop or two loop running tour of the Bethpage community – from the library up Broadway and then around and back via Stewart Avenue to Broadway, Powell Avenue, and then back to the library.
The Long Distance Running Committee of USA Track & Field’s Long Island Association has selected the Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run as the Association 5 Kilometer Championship race for 2011.
The Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s Run has been an increasingly successful fixture on the Long Island running calendar for the past 27 years, and in recent years has developed into perhaps the single most competitive 5K race on Long Island. The 2010 edition of the run was won by 27-year-old Massapequa speedster Chris Mammone in 15 minutes, 21 seconds. It was the second year in a row that Mammone, who runs competitively for the Bellmore Striders, has won the Town Supervisor’s Run, and he holds the course and race record of 14:43, which he set in 2009. 28-year-old Leonora Petrina of the Sayville Running Company Team was the 2010 women’s winner, setting a women’s course and race record of 17:14 in the process.
Runners of all ages and levels of ability are invited to join the Greater Long Island Running Club at Bethpage State Park on Saturday morning, Feb. 19 for the 13th annual Runner’s Edge-Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Trail Relay. The Relay will start at exactly 10 a.m.
There will be three runners on a relay team and each will run a two-mile loop starting and finishing adjacent to the Picnic Area in the park. You can form your own team, or we will help put together “pick up” teams on the morning of the relay.
The featured speaker at the Tuesday evening, Feb. 15 Open General Meeting of the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) will be Heather Williams, one of the local area’s elite runners and the co-owner of Northport Physical Therapy & Sports Performance. The meeting will be held at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, located at 999 Old Country Road in Plainview, starting promptly at 8 p.m. on the evening of the 15.
The Dec. 21 open general meeting of the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) was the club’s annual awards night, and several athletes from the local area were among those singled out for awards.
Shari Klarfeld of Plainview was presented with the club’s Silver Medal Overall Championship Award for the second year in a row. Klarfeld’s long list of accomplishments in 2010 included finishing as the second woman overall in the great Prostate Cancer Challenge 5K Run, the Bayville 5K Turkey Trot and New Island Hospital 5K, and as the third woman overall in the Sands Point Sprint for the Feinstein Institute, the Heart & Sole 5K, and the David Lerner Associates Police Appreciation Run.
The 2011 Little League season is just around the corner, and Jericho Athletic Association (JAA) registration is now open. Jericho Little League Baseball and Jericho Softball are open to all Jericho School District residents with children from kindergarten through 12 years of age (7th grade).
The fee is $138, which includes a $3 fee for the JAA AED Maintenance Program. A $50 late fee will be applied to registrations after Feb 7. Roster availability is not guaranteed for registrations after Feb 7.
Registration can be completed online, and payment can be made via credit card. Those parents who wish to volunteer to coach can also register online at www.sportssignup.com/Jericho-Athletic-Association-Online-Registration.start.
Dan McGrath scored his 12th overall victory of the year, Katie DiPietro took top honors among the women, and Peter Hawkins completed still another wheelchair win, as beautiful skies and brisk temperatures greeted the competitors in the 23rd Annual Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho Holiday Run on Dec. 18. A total of 1060 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes navigated the streets of Bethpage before crossing the finish line at the John F. Kennedy Middle School.
A strong contingent of runners from the local area did exceptionally well in this year’s run. The first local finisher to cross the finish line was 15-year-old Tim Mahony of Syosset, who finished in 28th place overall and second in the 15-19 age group with a time of 19 minutes, 24 seconds. The first woman finisher from the local area was Shari Levi Klarfeld of Plainview, who was the second woman overall, and first in the 30-34 age group, in 19:38.
Junior Adam Fein of Woodbury helped the New York University men’s soccer team to an historic 2010 campaign.
Fein played in 15 games, starting 10, at outside midfielder. His lone goal of the season was a tremendous one, as it lifted NYU to a 1-0 victory over Brandeis University in the regular-season finale, clinching the Violets’ first-ever University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship. Fein added three assists during the year and enters his senior season tied for fifth in school history in assists per game.
NYU’s first UAA Championship secured it an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament out of a league that sent four of eight schools to the tournament. The Violets finished the season 11-3-4 overall (4-0-3 in the UAA), achieved rankings of #20 in the nation and #2 in the East Region, and were selected to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. NYU’s historic season came to an end in the opening round of NCAA’s, where it fell in overtime, 3-2.
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