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Brannigan And Williams Lead The Way In Record-Breaking 9th Annual Heart & Sole 5K Run

2012 is continuing to be a breakout year for Mike Brannigan. The 15-year-old East Northport speedster, having previously been the overall winner of the Ronkonkoma 4- Mile Run Around the Lake on June 23 and the Thunder 5K Run at Hidden Pond Park in Hauppauge on July 15, continued his winning ways with a strong win against a tough field in the 9th Annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run through the streets of Plainview on Sunday morning, July 22.

Brannigan’s winning time of 15 minutes, 48 seconds was a scant one second off the course record 15:47 set by Franklin Diaz of Farmingdale in 2007. Diaz was second overall this year, prevailing for second place honors in a tough stretch duel with Mario Ferone of Plainview. Diaz won the first place plaque in the 25-29 age group, and Ferone took first place in the 15-19 age group.

Heather Williams, proprietor of Northport Physical Therapy, smashed Donna McMahon’s eight-year-old women’s course record by 10 seconds, with an 18:32 finish that brought her to the finish line at Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School comfortably in front of runner-up Una Broderick.  Earlier this year, Williams had scored as the first woman overall in the Nationwide 10 Kilometer Run for ASPIRE, also in Plainview, in the Kings Park 15 Kilometer Run. 

The 45-year-old Broderick shared top Masters honors with 42-year old Todd Rowley, who scored in seventh place overall among the men. Broderick’s 19:26 finish broke the previous women’s Masters record of 19:45 set by Tracy Kemper in 2010.

A record field of 438 runners and walkers completed the run as, in its ninth year, the Heart & Sole Run is developing into one of the more important summer road races in Nassau County.

In addition to Mario Ferone, other local runners coming home with awards from the Heart & Sole Run were James Kennedy of Woodbury (first man, 12-and-under), Kevin Wang of Syosset (second man, 12-and-under), Olivia Kennedy of Woodbury (second woman, 12-and-under), Amanda Gross of Plainview (third woman, 16-19), Bradley Raxenberg of Woodbury (first man, 20-24), Naomi Smolewitz of Woodbury (third woman, 20-24), David Tobias of Plainview (second man, 25-29), Randi Frankl of Woodbury (second woman, 25-29), Blair Ruhling of Plainview (first man, 30-34), Shari Klarfeld of Plainview (second woman, 30-34, and also the first pregnant finisher), David Kaplan of Plainview (third man, 35-39), Barbara Moskowitz of Plainview (third woman, 35-39), Donna Rosen of Woodbury (third woman, 35-39), Connie Sehlmeyer of Syosset (first woman, 65-69), Bert Jablon of Syosset (first man, 85-89), and Dr. Charles Farber of Plainview (second, Plainview and Syosset Hospital’s Voluntary Physicians).

The run is conducted under the auspices of Plainview Hospital and Syosset Hospital of NSUS-LIJ Health System, with Dr. Alan Mensch, vice president of medical affairs at both hospitals, serving as the chair of the event. Race management chores were handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club, with GLIRC’s Ric Diveglio serving as the race director and coordinator of the dozens of GLIRC volunteers who staffed the event. Fred von der Heydt served as the logistics director, and Terry Bisogno (“the voice of Long Island running”) handled the announcing chores.

The lead sponsors of the event were the medical staffs of Plainview and Syosset Hospitals, with other significant financial support being provided by the Syosset dental practice of Dr. Howard Matt, Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation, Central Island Health Care, Medical Arts Radiology, Astoria Federal Savings, Special thanks once again go out to All Round Foods and its CEO Glen Wolther for their most generous donation of cupcakes and other baked goods enjoyed by the runners and walkers after crossing the finish line.

Thanks also go to the Nassau County Police Department for another outstanding job of assuring the safety of the field out on the course, and to the Emergency Medical Team from the Plainview Volunteer Fire Department for their most appreciated efforts.

Top Finishers:


1.  Michael Brannigan, 15, East Northport  15:48

2.  Franklin Diaz, 28, Farmingdale  16:25

3.  Mario Ferone, 19, Plainview  16:26

4. Justin Blaszczyk, 19, St. James  16:28

5.  Bradley Raxenberg, 22, Woodbury  17:44

6.  Micahel Abbene, 23, Boston, MA  17:52

7.  Todd Rowley, 42, Huntington Sta 17:53

8.  Wil Widman, Jr., 48, North Babylon  18:06

9.  Eric Haslbauer, 19, Levittown  18:10

19. Robert Moscato, 41, Islip  18:11


1.  Heather Williams, 37, Centerport  18:32

2.  Una Broderick, 45, Wantagh  19:26

3.  Jessica Hampson, 24, Smithtown  19:58

4.  Lauen Jensen, 31, Glen Cove  20:04

5.  Shari Klarfeld, 31, Plainview  20:32

6.  Carina Ferry, 40, Long Beach  20:57

7.  Karen Melara, 34, Port Washington 21:30

8.  Vicki Fox, 53 Huntington  21:55

9.  Rhiannon Farnet, 15, Winston- Salem, NC 22:00

10. Yuri Karasz, 45, Mineola  22:28