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Local Runners Score In Sands Point Sprint

The Long Island running community visited the Sands Point Preserve at the top of the Port Washington peninsula on Saturday morning, August 11, and local athletes from the Plainview-Old Bethpage, Syosset, Woodbury and Jericho communities were quite prominent in the event.

The event was the Sands Point Preserve Sprint for the Feinstein Institute, a five kilometer run that attracted 300 finishers to navigate a unique combination of paved paths, runner-friendly woodland trails, and striking Long Island Sound vistas.

Congratulations go out to award winners Bradley Raxenberg of Woodbury, who scored in fourth place overall and first in the 20-24 age group with a time of 18 minutes, 48 seconds, Steven Weiss of Plainview (second in the 35-39 age group in 22:39), Richard Kleiman of Plainview (second in the 65-69 age group in 25:23), Art Koppelman of Syosset (second in the 70-74 age group in 29:38) and Odd Sangesland with Plainview (second in the 80-84 age group in 45:34.)

Other local runners who didn’t win awards but who finished in the top echelons of the race included 15-year-old Sam Breiter of Plainview, who scored in 28th place overall with a time of 21:49, 26-year-old James Ciano of Syosset, who was 69th overall in a time of 24:34 and 32-year-old George Drakkatos of Plainview, 88th overall in 25:47.

Race director Abe Bernstein of host Greater Long Island Running Club went all-out to ensure the success of this year’s event, as his way of saying “thank you” to the people from the North Shore-LIJ Feinstein Institute who got him back on his feet and back on the track after a bout with lymphoma. Genentech (“In Business for Life”) was a repeat major sponsor once again this year. The entire net proceeds of the run were once again dedicated to the Feinstein Institute and the fight against blood cancers.

“We were thrilled to have our friends from Plainview-Old Bethpage, Syosset, Woodbury and Jericho join us for the sprint,” observed Bernstein. “Sands Point is a great place to stage a running event, and we certainly hope to be here again in 2013.”