Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00
A record breaking field of 349 runners and walkers crossed the finish line at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School at the 6th annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run on July 12 and Hicksville’s Liz Flahavan was once again high up on the list of the top performers.
Flahavan, a lifelong resident of Hicksville, crossed the finish line in 20 minutes, 54 seconds, scoring as the fourth woman overall and first among the women in the highly competitive 45-49 age group.
The 2009 run was held to benefit the Plainview/Syosset Scholarship fund for local students considering a career in a medically related field, and to support emergency facilities at Plainview and Syosset Hospitals and better serve patients. This year’s run was in honor of the Emergency Departments at Plainview and Syosset hospitals as represented by Gerard Brogan, MD, Joseph Garber, MD, Alan Kaplan, MD, Ronnie Melman, RN, and Sheila Kennedy, RN.
Special thanks to Race Coordinators Ric and Kathy DiVeglio of the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) and to the Race Committee from Plainview and Syosset Hospitals that made it all possible: Dr. Alan Mensch, Dr. Charles Farber, Jo Ellen Cole, Nicole D’Addario and Jeanne Beard. Thanks as well to major sponsors: the medical staffs at Plainview and Syosset Hospitals, Dr. Howard Matt, Alure Home Products, Axis Construction Corporation, Sitron-Hammel Radiology Group, Axis Construction Corporation, Huntington Hills Center for Health & Rehabilitation and Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation.
Race organizers very much appreciated the public officials who took the time and effort to show up to support this important event on July 12: Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Rose Walker, who served as the Official Starter for the run and Nassau County Legislator David Mejias, a Farmingdale resident, who was a competitor in the Run, crossing the finish line in an excellent time of 26:51.