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Main Street Mile Set For Labor Day Weekend

The ninth annual “Main Street Mile” will take place on Saturday, Aug. 31, beginning at 9 a.m. (kid’s fun run at 8:30 a.m.) on Main Street in Farmingdale. The event is held in memory of a long-time fixture at Long Island road races — John McManus. Families and recreational runners are encouraged to join elite participants in the event that will benefit Pat LaFontaine’s Companions in Courage Foundation (www.CiC16.org).

LaFontaine said, “This is a great way for families to kick off the Labor Day weekend. I am looking forward to seeing Long Island come together for such a great cause.” The hockey hall-of-famer’s foundation builds interactive game rooms in children’s hospitals. Their most recent room opened at Cohen Children’s Hospital at North Shore-LIJ in April.

The Main Street Mile offers prizes to the top male and female athletes in various age groups and runners of all abilities are welcomed. The course records are held by Dustin Ermani at 4:10 and by Leonora Petrina at 4:44. Post-race awards and a raffle will be conducted at Croxley Ale House on Main Street in Farmingdale. Frank Brinka from B103 radio will be on hand to interview the winners and the celebrities. A kids’ fun run, a ¼-mile race, will also be held in conjunction with the event.

Registration is $18 per person (online registration closes on Aug. 29 at midnight), and $5 for the kids’ run. Online registrations are being accepted at www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2096056. Day of race registration will also be available on race morning. The fee on race morning for onsite registration is $25.

The event is being presented by The Runner’s Edge, Long Island’s premier running and multi-sport shop, and a Main Street - Farmingdale merchant. Major sponsors for the event include Cisco, Dr. Larry Lembo, The BullDog Law Group, and Carter, DeLuca, Farrell and Schmidt. The race committee includes Bob Cook, Mark Leff, Mindy Davidson, Craig Gluf and Eric Bressler. To donate to the event, visit www.active.com/donate/mainstreetmile2013.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/MainStreetMileFarmingdaleCiC.

News

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


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