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Hroch Wins Sands Point Race

Top finishes for Norman Hershkowitz and Howard Kestenbaum

Congratulations to Chelsea Hroch and Norman Hershkowitz, both of North Massapequa and Howard Kestenbaum of Massapequa for their award-winning performances in the Sands Point Sprint for the Feinstein Institute, a five-kilometer race held on the grounds of the Sands Point preserve on the morning of Aug. 11.

The 16-year old Hroch took first place honors in the women’s 15-19 age group with a time of 27 minutes, 9 seconds.  The 73-year old Hershkowitz earned third place in the 70-74 age group, scoring in 35:22.  Kestenbaum, age 80, won third place in the 80-84 age group, crossing the finish line in 46:34.

A total of 300 runners and walkers successfully completed the run at the Sands Point Preserve, fighting off not quite ideal hot and muggy conditions.  The Sands Point course is also not an easy course.  The trail in the third mile is not easy to navigate, and the hill leading up from the trail is one of the toughest found in any Long Island race.

Race Director Abe Bernstein of the host Greater Long Island Running Club went all out to ensure the success of this year’s event, as his way of saying thank you to the good folks from North Shore-LIJ Feinstein Institute who got Abe back on his feet and back on the track and roads after a bout with Lymphoma.  Genentech was a repeat major sponsor once again this year.  The entire net proceeds of the run were once again dedicated to the Feinstein Institute and the fight against blood cancers.