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Local Runners Score

2nd Annual Belmont Stakes

Blue Ribbon 5 Kilometer

Runners from the local area earned numerous awards in the Belmont Stakes 5K. Shari  Klarfeld of Plainview was the second woman overall to cross the finish line, scoring in 19 minutes, 55 seconds. Steven Weiss of Plainview (20:55) took home the second place plaque in the 35-39 age group. Pamela Lee of Syosset (26:37) scored first among the women in the 60-64 age group. Mark Rosenberg of Syosset (33:55) earned second place honors in the 70-74 age group. Bert Jablon of Syosset (35:00) was the first place finisher in the 85- 89 age group.

The Run was held at Belmont Park as the kickoff event for the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes on June 8th, 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 Belmont Stakes was held six days later. The post-race festivities in the Grandstand of  Belmont Park made it a perfect experience for one and all. A total of 475 runners and walkers finished this second annual event.

Integrated Medical Foundation (IMF) and its Executive Director Woodbury resident Rhonda Samuel, with the cooperation of the New York Racing Association and the Elmont Chamber of Commerce, hosted the Run. Key business sponsors were abbvie, Advanced Radiation Centers of New York, and Advanced Urology Centers of New York. All Round Foods joined with Panera’s and Applebees and the Elmont Chamber of Commerce to make the post-race repast something very special indeed. Race management was handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club.

“It was our pleasure to work with Rhonda Samuel and her very able associate Sasha Abraham once again to stage a quality event that enabled IMF to focus on the importance of early detection of prostate cancer,” observed the Running Club’s Senior Administrator Linda Ottaviano. “The lead local sponsors, Advanced Urology Centers of New York and Advanced Radiation Centers of New York were on hand to remind us about how simple early detection is.”