Cold and damp conditions welcomed runners to Plainview’s Mattlin Middle School for the 40th annual Jonas Chiropractic Aspire 10K run on April 1.
The oldest continuously held 10-kilometer run on Long Island saw Plainview-Old Bethpage runners figure prominently in the results. Special awards were presented to 16-year-old Jake Meyers, of Plainview, and 36-year-old Shari Klarfeld of Plainview, who scored as the first male and female Plainview-Old Bethpage residents to cross the finish line. Meanwhile, the most senior finisher in the run was 85-year-old Howard Kestenbaum of Plainview.
Congratulations and thanks to Karen Schackner of the host Greater Long Island Running Club, who did another outstanding job as the director of the event. Congratulations and thanks as well to Steve and Holly Jonas and Jon DeGorter of Jonas Chiropractic Sports Injury Care for their most generous support of this event. And thanks as well to coordinator of volunteers Mindy Davidson, who held her corps of volunteers together notwithstanding the adverse weather conditions.
The running club also thanks Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Nlegislators Rose Marie Walker and Arnold Drucker for being there to show their support.
The charitable beneficiary of the event is FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), whose mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers.
—Submitted by the Greater Long Island Running Club