Friday, 06 August 2010 00:00
Congratulations to Westbury athletes Robert Wu, Matt Mandel and Jenney Tesoriero, all of whom won awards in the 19th annual David Lerner Associates Long Island Police Appreciation 5 Kilometer Run at Eisenhower Park on June 10.
Wu crossed the finish line near the Eisenhower Park Fieldhouse in 18 minutes, 50 seconds, to earn the second place award for the 15 to 19 age group. Mandel finished in 20:34, to win the third place award in the 25 to 29 age group. Tesoriero scored in 23:44, to earn second place honors among the women in the 35 to 39 age group.
The biggest story of the day was the outpouring of support for our 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 hero and Nassau County Police Officer Ken Baribault, severely injured after being hit by a drunk driver on the Long Island Expressway, who was there with his family and served as the official starter of the Run.
The Run was hosted by the Greater Long Island Running Club, and thanks go 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 to Coordinator of Volunteers Mindy Davidson, to Logistics Coordinator Fred von der Heydt, and to Terry Bisogno for another excellent job on the microphone.