Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00
Eric Verruto of Westbury, scored in 14th place overall and 1st in the highly competitive 30-34 age group in the Sands Point Preserve Sprint for the Feinstein Institute, held on the grounds of the Sands Point preserve Aug. 15. A total of 350 runners successfully completed the 5 Kilometer (3.107 Miles) course.
Race Director Abe Bernstein of the host Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) went all out to ensure the success of this event, as his way of saying “thank you” to the good people from North Shore-LIJ’s Feinstein Institute who got him back on his feet and back on the roads and track after a bout with lymphoma. Genentech (“In Business for Life”) signed on as a most generous sponsor this year, and their support was most welcome.
Special thanks go to the “Friends of the Sands Point Preserve” for making the beautiful Sands Point facility available to us, to preserve manager Gary Haglich for his enthusiastic cooperation, and to Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink and North Hempstead Town Clerk Leslie Gross for being on hand to show their support for the event. Gross successfully completed the course in 47:14.
This is not a “PR course.” The trail in the third mile is not easy to navigate and the hill leading up from the trail is particularly nasty!
This is also not an easy event to stage. Mindy Davidson, who has devoted so much time to major club events this summer, extended herself still one more time to put together the volunteer effort that ensured the smooth running of the event, J.P. Latkovic of TriandDuIt Multisport did his usual competent job with the timing and scoring, Fred von der Heydt put in an incredible effort to making the logistics seem easy, Linda Ottaviano once again made sure that the office logistics and registration went smoothly, and Terry Bisogno once again excelled as the announcer.
Donations to the Feinstein Institute are still most welcome and can be sent c/o Abe Bernstein, 54 Trumbull Road, Manhasset, NY 11030.