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Local Runners And Walkers Triumph At Runner’s Edge LI Women’s Run

Leonora Petrina of Bayport scored as the overall winner of the 29th annual Runner’s Edge Long Island Women’s Run on July 14 as a record field of 455 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes crossed the finish line on the track at Farmingdale High School.

Petrina’s 17:00 finish, while slightly slower than her two previous winning times, was sufficient to give her a 56-second winning margin over runner-up Laura Cummings of Bay Shore, with Heather Williams of Northport rounding out the top three. Emily Brust of Mastic took top wheelchair honors and Maria Michta of Nesconset was the racewalk winner. The top masters finisher was 54-year-old Elizabeth Waywell of Dix Hills, who crossed the finish line in ninth place overall.  Petrina also won the Paula Wunderlich Memorial Award as the first GLIRC member to finish.

Michta’s winning time of 24:05 in the racewalk division was nearly four full minutes in front her nearest competitor, Lorie Sheinwald of Old Bethpage.  Michta’s last race before the Farmingdale Women’s Run was her winning 20K racewalk performance in the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, and her next race will be the Olympic 20K racewalk in London.

Top local finishers included Shari Klarfeld of Plainview, who was the ninth finisher overall and second in the 30-34 age group, Lauren Jasinski of Plainview, 17th overall and first in the 35-39 age group, Carolyn Sumcizk of Syosset, who earned fifth-place honors in the 20-24 age group, Kim Solomine of Syosset, second-place finisher in the 55-59 age group, Constance Sehlmeyer of Syosset, second-place finisher in the 65-69 age group, Sue Polansky of Plainview, third-place finisher in the 70-74 age group, and Lorie Sheinwald of Old Bethpage, second place among the race walkers.

The heat and humidity certainly played a role this year, but the earlier starting time of 8:30 a.m. took a bit of the edge off the summer weather, and the ice cream, watermelon, and Glen Wolther-supplied pastries at the finish line made everyone forget how tough the run may have been.

Thanks go out once again to all event sponsors. The Runner’s Edge served as the title sponsor once again and matrimonial law firm of Mejias, Milgrim and Alvarado returning as the presenting sponsor. Randi Milgrim, a partner in Mejias, Milgrim and Alvarado made a valiant effort to top her 34:15 finish from 2011, but her 2012 finish of 35:02 gives her some strong incentive to work toward a personal best in 2013. Danny Kulchinsky and Mayfair Diamonds and Fine Jewelry also returned as a presenting sponsor, and Adriana Staiano was the lucky winner of a $200 retail value pair of diamond earrings generously donated by Kulchinsky as the grand prize in the post-run raffle. Other sponsors were the generous All Round Foods, Clif Bar & Company, and Saucony. Thanks also go out to booth sponsors True Sport Care and European Wax Center.