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Top Finishes for Local Women in 5K Run

Grieco Wins 20-25 Age Group; Ms. Maller Wins the 80-Plus Run

Many of the fastest women runners from all over the New York Metropolitan area joined with lots of runners from Long Island of all ages and abilities for the 26th annual Arrow Exterminating Company Long Island Women’s 5 Kilometer Run, held on the roads of Farmingdale on Saturday morning, July 18 — and all of them enjoyed the picture perfect weather that highlighted an almost picture perfect event.

Award winners from the Massapequas included Michele Grieco of Massapequa, who took top honors in the 20-24 Age Group with a time of 20:03, Jessica Hamilton of Massapequa Park, who scored with the 5th place award in the 25-29 Age Group in 23:32, and Ruth Maller of Massapequa Park who, at 80 years of age, was the oldest finisher in the Run and earned the first place award in the 80 and over age group in a time of 43:38.

This year’s Run was once again conducted by the Greater Long Island in conjunction with the Town of Oyster Bay, with Jackie Grabin, Debby Tappan, and all the other good folks at Arrow Exterminating coming on board as the returning title sponsor, with a big assist from Bob Cook and his great staff at The Runner’s Edge, who sponsored the Race Walk Division of the event again this year, the Glen Cove family law firm of Mejias, Milgrim & Alvarado, P.C., and New York Sports Clubs.

Debbie Blair can take justifiable pride in having done an excellent job as director of the event in her rookie year, “Aunt” Amy Goldstein for handling the Little Women’s Fun Run, Carl Grossbard for coordinating volunteers, Fred von der Heydt for heading up course and finish line logistics, and Terry Bisogno for doing another incredible job as the finish line and Awards announcer.

The 2009 edition of the Run was again part of the Grand Prix of Long Island Road Races, conducted under the auspices of Long Island Track & Field, and was the 2009 Long Island Track & Field Women’s Championship event.

Special thanks go to the Town of Oyster Bay and its very supportive Supervisor John Venditto for their continued support for running and fitness, to New York State Senator Carl Marcellino for his enthusiastic support, and to Nassau County Legislators David Mejias and Judy Jacobs, and Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Rose Walker and Town Councilman Tony Macagnone for being on hand on race day to lend their support.

The main event was preceded by a 1/4 mile fun run for future female Olympians age 12 and under, with special Fun Run Medals presented to all Fun Run finishers.

The 2009 Run was once again geared to support the fight against gynecological cancers, with a substantial portion of the proceeds going to Long Island OCEANS (Ovarian Cancer Education, Advocacy, Networking and Support) – bringing light to all GYN cancers – and new this year, Island Harvest.