Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00
On Sept. 16, several hundred swimmers and runners gathered at TOBAY Beach for an 800-meter swim in South Oyster Bay followed by a three-mile run to and through the TOBAY Beach Bird and Game Preserve.
Caitlin Dwyer, of Hicksville, turned in an outstanding performance, finishing in 42 minutes and 20 seconds to take first place honors in the highly competitive women’s 20-24 Age Group.
UJA-Federation of New York got together with the Greater Long Island Running Club and the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store to stage the AquaRun. Race administration was handled by the club, with Steve and Holly Jonas serving as the co-race directors and Club Vice President Mindy Davidson serving as the event coordinator.
Key financial support was provided by the Mandelbaum Property Tax Reduction Group and the related law firm of Maidenbaum & Sternberg LLP. As always, Glen Wolther of All Round Foods donated an appetizing array of post race baked goods.
The entire net proceeds of the AquaRun go to benefit UJA-Federation of New York, together with its 60,000 contributors and 100 agencies, and its efforts to transform the lives of 4.5 million people in New York, in Israel, and around the world. The world’s largest community-based philanthropy, UJA-Federation raises funds that sustain the activities of health, human service, educational and community-building agencies, enabling it to help the sick and the hungry, connect children to their Jewish roots, and offer humanitarian relief to communities devastated by a crisis.
TOBAY Beach is one of the premier recreational venues on Long Island, and we are pleased that the Town of Oyster Bay allowed us to utilize TOBAY for what was an outstanding morning of family fun and competition. With the inclusion of a two-person team relay category, even those who were uncomfortable with a swimming competition were able to be part of the event.