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Local Athletes Score in David Lerner Associates Long Island Police Appreciation Run

William Hansler of the NYPD Racing Team was a convincing winner in the 19th annual David Lerner Associates Long Island Police Appreciation 5 Kilometer Run, held in Eisenhower Park on the evening of June 10, crossing the finish line in 16:39 - exactly one minute in front of the incredible 58-year-old Chris Webber of the Super Runner’s Shop Team. Hansler’s NYPD teammate Shaun Mara scored in 3rd place OA.

Twenty-seven-year-old Michele Henschel continued her winning ways in the Women’s Division, gradually drawing away from runner-up Jessica Petermann of Amityville to score a 19:01 finish.

 Local athletes coming home from Eisenhower Park with awards included Shari Klarfeld of Plainview, who was the first place finisher in the women’s 25-29 age group, August Finger of Syosset, who earned third place honors in the 45-49 age group, Linna Tang and Pamela Lee, both of Syosset, who scored 2-3 in the women’s 55-59 age group, and Bert Jablon of Syosset and Odd Sangesland of Plainview, who scored 1-2 in the 80-84 age group.

 The biggest story of the day was the outpouring of support for Long Island law enforcement officers. Race organizers were privileged to have David Lerner on hand to personally welcome the runners to the event, and Nassau County Police Commissioner Larry Mulvey was a competitor in the race once again, crossing the finish line in a very creditable 25:36. Other notables on hand to show their support were Nassau County Legislators Joe Belesi, Dennis Dunne and Rose Marie Walker.

 Perhaps the biggest thrill of the day was the presence of Nassau County Police Officer and hero Ken Baribault, who was there with his family and served as the Official Starter of the Run. Officer Baribault was severely injured after being hit by a drunk driver on the Long Island Expressway.

 The run was hosted by the Greater Long Island Running Club, and thanks go out to Race Director Ira Eskow, who has managed this event for the entire 19 years of its existence; to David Lerner, a good and generous man; and to all the other people in the Lerner organization. A special note of thanks goes out to Coordinator of Volunteers Mindy Davidson, to Logistics Coordinator Fred Von Der Heydt, and to Terry Bisogno for another excellent job on the microphone.