Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00
Four very tough local athletes: Kim Solomine, Glen Malings and Jason Israel of Syosset, and Michael Starr of Plainview – were among the 150 endurance athletes who successfully completed the 8th annual Long Island Greenbelt Trail Runs on May 8.
Each of the four local athletes successfully completed the 25 Kilometer Run, Israel in two hours, 48 minutes, 54 seconds, followed by Solomine (2:56:46), Malings (3:00:29) and Starr (3:08:26).
Overcast skies at the start were followed by some short but torrential showers and high winds before the sun finally made an appearance in the closing stages of the Run.
The Greenbelt Trail covers the entire width of Long Island, from the Atlantic Ocean north to the Long Island Sound, and the Greenbelt Trail 25K covers an out-and-back course on the northern third of the Trail between Plainview and the Trail terminus at the Cold Spring Harbor boat dock. The southern miles of the course are fairly flat, but there are a series of nasty hills in the last two miles before the runners reach Cold Spring Harbor.
Race Director Nick Palazzo did another outstanding job putting the pieces together, with some most welcome support from Super Runner’s Shop and its proprietor Gary Muhrcke.
Race organizers were pleased to welcome Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia as the official starter of this year’s Greenbelt Trail 50 Kilometer Run. The Town has been a consistent supporter of recreational sporting events, and The Greater Long Island Running Club looks forward to seeing Plainview’s own Councilwoman Alesia at many other running events as the year progresses.