Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00
Congratulations to 80-year-old Massapequa Park runner Howard Kestenbaum, who took first place in the 80-84 age group in the inaugural Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon 5 Kilometer Run to Fight Prostate Cancer, held at Belmont Park on Sunday evening, June 3. Kestenbaum finished the 3.107 mile course in 43 minutes, 15 seconds.
The run was held at Belmont Park as the kickoff event for the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes on June 9 with the last 400 meters of the race being on the track, and the finish of the race being at the finish line where the four legged runners do their stuff at the Belmont Stakes.
The run was staged by Integrated Medical Foundation with the cooperation of the New York Racing Association and the Elmont Chamber of Commerce. Race management was provided by the Greater Long Island Running Club. Key business sponsors were Abbott, Advanced Radiation Centers of New York, the Lynbrook Runner’s Stop and Endo.
Rhonda Samuel, executive director of Integrated Medical Foundation observed that the turnout of more than 700 registrants far exceeded everyone’s expectations.
“I am grateful to Howard Kestenbaum and all the other runners, NYRA, the Greater Long Island Running Club and the Elmont Chamber of Commerce for collaborating with IMF to focus on the importance of early detection of prostate cancer,” she said. “On the heels of the United States Preventative Services Task Force recommendation to ban prostate cancer screening, this event truly brings the importance of early detection of prostate cancer to the forefront. Statistics show that since prostate cancer screening began, the death rate from the disease has dropped nearly 40 percent. Without early detection, how else will men know that they have prostate cancer. If we stop looking for prostate cancer in a few years, there will be a men’s health crisis. A screening is only just that, a screening, and what to do with those results should be the decision of those men tested, not the government.”