Shari Klarfeld of Plainview took first place honors among the women in Blue Ribbon 5K Run for Prostate Cancer held at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration on the morning of Nov. 12. The spirited runner crossed the finish line in 19 minutes, 2 seconds, a pace of 6:07 minutes per mile.
Other local runners winning awards included Ronald Bertram of Old Bethpage, second place finisher in the 35-39 age group; Karen Friedman and Melissa Horowitz of Plainview, who finished first and second in the women’s 40-44 age group; Gregg Schlossman of Plainview, who was the third place male finisher in the 40-44 age group; Judith Brenner of Plainview, first woman to finish in the 45-49 age group; Howard Kestenbaum of Plainview, who earned the first place award in the 85-89 age group; Alex Cohen of Plainview, second place finisher in the Clydesdale 185-199 Weight Division; and Gerard Lester second place finisher in the Clydesdale 200 pound plus Weight Division.
The field of 275 finishers inaugurated a new course at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, almost entirely withing the grounds of the village itself and eliminating the traditional double out-and-back stretch in the driveway leading into the Village grounds.
In addition to all the usual race perks, there were free on-site prostate cancer screenings available for all men age 40 plus and quite a few folks took advantage of the opportunity. All in all, a great morning, with lots of much needed funds raised for Integrated Medical Foundation and its efforts to promote prostate cancer awareness, education and support.
Thanks and congratulations go to IMF executive director Rhonda Samuel and to the staff and volunteers from the Greater Long Island Running Club. Special thanks to major sponsors Advanced Urology Centers of New York, Advanced Radiation Centers of New York, JP Morgan Chase & Co., and AbbVie. Special thanks as well to the refreshments sponsors All Round Foods, Apple & Eve and Bagel Boss Café of East Norwich. —Submitted by the Greater Long Island Running Club