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Runner’s Edge Teams Score as GLIRC Celebrates Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay

The 25th anniversary Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay held Sunday, Sept. 19 marked another great day for local runners. With a brand new and enthusiastic sponsor in the Bethpage Federal Credit Union, 122 teams of eight runners, each enjoying near perfect weather conditions to complete the course, and a terrific post race party, it was an all-around success.

It was a big day for Farmingdale as well, as teams representing The Runner’s Edge, the Farmingdale-based running and multisport specialty store, took first place honors in the Co-ed Open Division and the Women’s Masters Division. It was the third consecutive year that The Runner’s Edge has won the Mixed Open Division.

The 50 mile course started at Jones Beach State Park, wound its way through Wantagh, Seaford and Massapequa before heading north through Farmingdale, Old Bethpage and Plainview, crossing into Suffolk County through Huntington, Lloyd Harbor and Cold Spring Harbor, and returning to Nassau County through Syosset and Oyster Bay Cove to the exciting finish at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay.

Special thanks go out to Alan and Sharon End of the host Greater Long Island Running Club for 25 years of putting all the pieces together, to John Snitko of JMS Racing Services for the quick and accurate results, to all the outstanding men and women of the Nassau County Police Department, the Suffolk County Police Department, and the local Auxiliary Police forces for assuring the safety of all the runners, and to the Long Island Mobile Radio Operators for taking care of all our communications needs.

An extra note of thanks goes out to Andrew’s for the great food, to Moonstruck, the extremely talented band who once again gave everyone “happy feet,” and to Joe King, the always generous proprietor of Antun’s of Queens Village for making the services of the band available – all of whom did their part to assure the success of what was a truly outstanding party. Last, but very definitely not least, a hearty thank you goes out to Coordinator of Volunteers Mindy Davidson and all the volunteers who were a part of this very special day.