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First Annual Eagle Run

More than 200 runners participated in the first

Annual Eagle Run 5K charity road race held at Adelphi University recently. The day started with a 1/4 mile Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. and the 5k-race at 10:00 a.m. The runners enjoyed the two-loop course around Adelphi’s campus and finishing on the turf field.

Jack Aneser, a Boy Scout with Troop 55 in Garden City, and junior at Chaminade High School, put together this community-based charity road race as his Eagle Scout Project. Net race proceeds benefited the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and there was a shoe drive to benefit Soles for Soles, whose mission is to collect new and used shoes to give to those suffering from poverty.

Special thanks to the generous corporate sponsors (Citrus and Allied Essences, Ltd., Jonathan’s Restaurant, Remprex, LLC, Rosenberg Calica & Birney LLP, Lynbrook Runner’s Stop, Lutz Landscaping, Melkonian Associates, National Financial Network, The Donnelly Group, Garden City Kiwanis, KPMG, Wayward Media Group, Just Finish, Inc. and the many individual contributors listed on the race website sponsor page found at www.eaglerun5k.com.

Aneser’s race netted more than $5,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest health agency dedicated to curing blood cancers. He and his entire family are big fans of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society because Aneser’s sister, Kelly, is a Leukemia survivor.

The shoe drive was also a success and more than 500 pairs of shoes were collected for Soles 4 Souls. Everything from high heels, to flip flops, cleats, sneakers and men’s and woman’s dress and casual shoes were donated - newand used. All the shoes will be put to excellent use. Visit soles4souls.org for more information.

Jack Aneser would like to thank Adam Siepiola, assistant athletic director, media and external relations for Adelphi University, Coach Katie Rees and all the Adelphi track teams, Captain Ray Hughes, Robert Hughes and the entire Adelphi community for Adelphi’s support of this charity race. He would also like to thank the adults who helped with his project as well as the race volunteers who included fellow Boy Scouts, community members and family members. The aspiring Eagle Scout states he “learned a lot of valuable lessons working on this project. I realize that I never could have raised so much money for LLS or donated so many shoes without the help of others and thankfully there are many good companies and people who are willing to support worthy causes.”