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Joanne Gallo, of Oyster Bay, Scores in the Sands Point Sprint

Congratulations to veteran Oyster Bay runner Joanne Gallo, who scored 2nd in the highly competitive women’s 60-64 age group in the Sands Point Preserve Sprint for the Feinstein Institute, held on the grounds of the Sands Point preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 15. A total of 350 runners successfully completed the 5 Kilometer (3.107 Miles) course.

Gallo crossed the finish line in 28 minutes, 18 seconds.

Race Director Abe Bernstein of the host Greater Long Island Running Club went all out to ensure the success of this event, as his way of saying “thank you” to the good people from North Shore-LIJ’s Feinstein Institute who got him back on his feet and back on the roads and track after a bout with lymphoma. Genentech (“In Business for Life”) signed on as a most generous sponsor this year, and their support was most welcome.

Special thanks go to the “Friends of the Sands Point Preserve” for making the beautiful Sands Point facility available to us, to Preserve Manager Gary Haglich for his enthusiastic cooperation, and to Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink and North Hempstead Town Clerk Leslie Gross for being on hand to show their support for the event. Leslie successfully completed the course in 47:14. Way to go!

This is not a “PR course”. The trail in the third mile is not easy to navigate and the hill leading up from the trail is particularly nasty!

“Congratulations and thanks to Joanne, and to all my other buddies from Syosset and elsewhere for showing up to enjoy a morning of fun and fitness at beautiful Sands Point,” stated Race Director Bernstein, “and to support my efforts to raise some much-needed funds for the Feinstein Institute and the battle against lymphoma!”

Donations to the Feinstein Institute are still most welcome – and can be sent c/o Abe Bernstein, 54 Trumbull Road, Manhasset, NY 11030.