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10K Run for ASPIRE March 27

Local runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes of all ages and levels of ability are cordially invited to the H.B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview on Saturday, March 27 for the 33rd annual Nationwide Insurance 10 Kilometer Run for ASPIRE, Long Island’s oldest continuously held 10 K run.

The Anthony Wiszowaty Agency of Nationwide Insurance, based on Merrick Road in Massapequa Park, will be the lead sponsor once again, with his agency and many of the other Nationwide agents on Long Island stepping up to honor the memory of GLIRC’s and Nationwide’s own Stanley Kramberg. Thanks to their support, the entire net proceeds of the event once again being turned over to the ASPIRE Program for the rehabilitation of young amputees, and ASPIRE’s Stanley Kramberg Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The ASPIRE 10K will be utilizing the traditional challenging but fair course through the roads of Plainview and Old Bethpage, starting and finishing at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School on Washington Avenue in Plainview.

The Run will continue to provide awards in age groups through 85 plus. Top male and female overall and masters finishers will take home a pair of Mizuno running shoes. Every entrant will receive one of the high quality long sleeve Run for ASPIRE shirts. Other great perks of the ASPIRE 10K include free massage, a fun run for the kids before the main event, and a nice post- race raffle to cap the morning.

Numerous runners from the local area were on hand for the 2009 edition of the Run, led by Boyd Carrington of Amityville, who was the second finisher overall in a field of 660 finishers and first in the 35-39 Age Group, 17-year-old Katey Foran of Massapequa, who scored with top honors in the Women’s 15-19 Age Group, Greg Karl of Massapequa Par, who took first place in the 60-64 Age Group, and Ruth Maller of Massapequa Park, who earned the first place trophy in the Women’s 80 and over Age Group. “We are always thrilled with the big turnout from the Massapequas and Amityville at the Nationwide Run for ASPIRE,” said Race Director Bob Windorf.

While the ASPIRE 10K is very much geared towards the average recreational runner, the Club will once again also offer a $500 prize if the first male runner to cross the finish line breaks the course record of 30:27 set by Pat Peterson in 1988, and a $500 prize if the first female runner to cross the finish line breaks the women’s course record of 34:55 set by Angela Hearn in 1989.

For entry forms or more information call Mike or Linda at the Greater Long Island Running Club office at 349-7646, or you can register online at www.glirc.org.