Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00
Bob Lasky’s sudden and untimely passing on Aug. 8 was a tremendous blow to the local running community, and the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC), under the leadership of club executive board member Paul Fetscher, honored Lasky’s memory two weeks later with a special memorial “fun run” on the Long Beach Boardwalk on the evening of Aug. 22.
Lasky wasn’t a runner himself, but he loved the sport and the people in it, and was the volunteer who didn’t know how to say “no.” Indeed, he never wanted to say “no,” and his presence and his enthusiastic dedication marked every major running event on Long Island. He also played a major role in assisting with the wheelchair athletes competition at the New York City Marathon.
About 75 runners showed up to join Fetscher, other GLIRC officials, and members of Lasky’s family for a 4.4 mile run from one end of the Long Beach Boardwalk and back again.
“Bob’s passing leaves a tremendous void in the Long Island running community,” commented Fetscher. “I know that at races for a long time to come, we will momentarily forget and look around to ask Bob to help out with something, only to belatedly and sadly remember that he is gone. He will be sorely missed.”