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Garden City’s Michael Ogazon Scores in Eighth Annual LI Greenbelt Trail Run

Congratulations to 69-year-old endurance athlete Michael Ogazon of Garden City, who successfully completed the eighth annual Long Island Greenbelt Trail 2K Kilometer Run on May 8.

Ogazon completed the course in 3 hours, 59 minutes, 55 seconds, a full 35 minutes faster than he completed the 2009 edition of the Run. Overcast skies at the start were followed by some short but torrential showers and high winds before the sun finally made an appearance in the closing stages of the Run.

The Greenbelt Trail covers the entire width of Long Island from the Atlantic Ocean north to Long Island Sound, and the Greenbelt Trail 25K covers an out-and-back course on the northern third of the trail between Plainview and the trail terminus at the Cold Spring Harbor boat dock. The southern miles of the course are fairly flat, but there are a series of nasty hills in the last two miles before the runners reach Cold Spring Harbor.

Race Director Nick Palazzo did another outstanding job putting the pieces together, with some most welcome support from Super Runner’s Shop and its proprietor Gary Muhrcke.