Runners and walkers of all ages and ability are invited to test their training and endurance levels by being a part of the 19th annual Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid Kings Park 15-Kilometer Run. It will take place on Saturday, March 11, starting at 9 a.m. at New Beginnings of Kings Park at 180 Lawrence Rd. in Kings Park. Additional parking is available ⅜ mile away at Kings Park High School.
The prestigious law firm has stepped forward once again to be the title sponsor, and several of the attorneys in the firm will themselves once again be taking the challenge of the hills of Kings Park.
The 15K is a perfect tough training run for those who are setting their sights on a spring marathon or half marathon. It features 9.3 miles of some of the most beautiful vistas— and most challenging hills—on Long Island’s North Shore.
Race management is in the hands of the Greater Long Island Running Club, with GLIRC’s Steven Toto serving as the race director once again.
A portion of the proceeds will again be made to the American Brain Tumor Foundation to benefit people whose lives are affected by brain tumors, with an additional stipend reserved for Kings Park High School scholarship programs. It will also serve as the 15K championship event for the Long Island Association of USA Track & Field.
Every entrant will receive one of the distinctive high quality hooded sweatshirts specially designed for the Run.
There will be $250 cash prizes in each gender for the first place open, $100 for the masters, $50 for the senior masters (age 50-plus), and $100 for the wheelchair finishers.
A cash bonus of $250 will be paid if the race winner breaks Nick Filippazzo’s course record of 47:15, or if the women’s winner breaks Jodie Robertson’s women’s course record of 53:25.
Special plaques will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in each of 14 five-year age groups, up through age 80 and older, and the top three male and female finishers in each of two “Clydesdale” weight divisions, and the top three male and female wheelchair racers.
The entry fee is $25 ($22 for members of the GLIRC) if you sign up in advance, and $30 for those who wait until the day of the run to register. There will be a 50 percent discount to all runners age 16-and-under who pre-register.
You can register online at www.glirc.org. For hard copy entry forms or more information, call the GLIRC office at 516-349-7646.
—Story and photos submitted by the
Greater Long Island Running Club