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Runners Invited to Join Cross-Country Fun At Long Island Blood Services ‘Rob’s Run’

Runners from all over Long Island and beyond are cordially invited to be part of the 19th annual edition of Long Island Blood Services Rob’s Run, a five- kilometer cross country run, which will be held on Sunday morning, Nov. 27 at Stillwell Woods Park in Syosset.       

The run will start promptly at 9:15 on the morning of Nov. 27. Registration and number/shirt pickup will be at the Center for Developmental Disabilities, on South Woods Road directly adjacent to Stillwell Woods, from 7:15 to 8:45 a.m.

Entry fees are $20 for those who pre-register and $25 for those who wait until the day of the run. There is a 50 percent discount for high school and younger runners. Those who donated a pint of blood at the Athletes for Life Summer Blood Drive get a free entry into Rob’s Run. Everyone who registers is guaranteed one of the great commemorative giveaways that have been the highlight of Rob’s Run since its inception.

Rob’s Run will once again feature $200 team stipends to be awarded to the first place Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Masters and Women’s Masters teams (USA Track & Field - Long Island member teams only). The 2011 edition of Rob’s Run will once again be the “grand finale” of the USATF-LI Cross Country Series as well.

Unique award plaques will be presented to the top three male and female individual finishers overall, and the top three male and top three female finishers in each of 14 five-year age groups ranging from 14 and under through 80 and over. There will also be team awards, presented to the top three teams (four runners per team) in each of the following divisions: male, female and coed open, male, female and coed masters, male and female senior masters (all runners age 50-plus), middle school boys, middle school girls, high school boys, and high school girls. Enter as an individual or enter as part of a team – but don’t miss Nov. 27 for a great morning of cross-country running.

Key sponsors of Rob’s Run are Long Island Blood Services, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty’s Woodbury office, and S&S Automotive Center of Syosset.

Local runners have always played a major role in Rob’s Run. In 2010, a large local contingent was led by Josh Halpern of Woodbury in tenth place overall, Ryan Healy of Syosset in eleventh place overall, Michael Yuan of Syosset in seventeenth place overall and Mark Alizzi of Syosset in eighteenth place overall.  Race organizers are hoping for an even bigger local contingent in the 2011 edition of Rob’s Run.

For entry forms or more information, contact Linda at the Greater Long Island Running Club office at 349-7646, or register online at www.glirc.org. To volunteer, call Mindy at 520-9481.