Friday, 24 February 2012 00:00
Three hundred ninety-eight hardy soles braved the inclement weather on Saturday morning, February 11 at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village, and when the snowflakes had settled 22 year old Bradley Raxenberg of Woodbury and 31 year old Shari Klarfeld on Plainview emerged as the top male and female finishers overall. The OBVR 5 Kilometer Run was the kickoff event of the new RunNassau Series of races leading up to the Long island Marathon in May.
Raxenberg crossed the finish line of this not-so-easy course in 17 minutes, 30 seconds, nearly a full minute in front of runner-up John Theissen of Seaford. Klarfeld scored first among the women (beating all but the first three men in the process!) in 19:17.Other local runners coming home from OBVR with awards included Stephanie Locicero of Syosset (3rd woman 15-19), Pamela Lee of Syosset (1st woman 55-59), Linna Tang of Syosset (3rd woman 55-59), and Mark Rosenberg of Syosset (3rd 65-60), Odd Sangesland of Plainview (1st 80 plus).
“This is a great start for what we anticipate is going to grow into one of the biggest series of races on Long Island,” observed Greater Long Island President Mike Polansky. “We are grateful to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano for his support in making this happen, and were thrilled to welcome County Legislator Rose Marie Walker to OBVR as our Official Starter.”
Run organizers also owe a vote of thanks to Bob Cook and the Runner’s Edge and Glen Wother and All Round Foods for their continued – and most welcome – support!
The next race in the RunNassau series will be a 4 miler at Nickerson Beach on Sunday morning, March 11th. For more information contact the Greater Long island Running Club at (516) 349-7646.