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Local Athletes Score in 17th Annual LI Blood Services Rob’s Run

Congratulations to Patrick Malone, Michael Yuan, Robis DeGirmenci, Alex Bertrand, Conor Nickel, Noni Accetturi, Stacey Ledovsky, and Bert Jablon, of Syosset, Hayley Leviashuile of Jericho, Amanfa Wolfer and Esther Lok of Woodbury, and Shari Klarfeld and Jennifer Michael of Plainview, all of whom won individual awards in the 17th annual edition of Long Island Blood Services Rob’s Run, held at Stillwell Woods Park in Syosset on Sunday morning, Nov. 29.


Patrick Malone scored in third place overall with a time of 16 minutes,33 seconds, Michael Yuan was 5th overall and first in the 20-24 Age Group, Robis DeGermnci earned the 1st place award in the 40-44 Age Group, Alex Bertrand was 1st in the Boys 14 and Under Age Group, Amanda Wolfer was the first finisher in the Women’s 15-19 Age Group, Esther Lok finished third in that same 15-19 Age Group, Conor Nickel scored 1st in the Men’s 15-19 Age Group, Noni Accetturi won top honors in the Women’s 35-39 Age Group, Stacey Ledvosky took 3rd place honors among the women in the 35-39 Age Group, Shari Klarfeld was 3rd among the women in the 25-29 Age Group, Hayley Leviashuile and Jennifer Michael scored 1st and 3rd respectively in the Girls 14 and Under Age Group, and 82-year-old Bert Jablon earned top honors in the 80 and over Age Group.

Congratulations as well to to Syosset Middle Schoolers Ryan Depinto, Adam Struhl, Greg Bertrand and Eammon Sherrin, who teamed up to win the first place plaque in the Middle School Division in the Rob’s Run Team Competition.

Pleasant temperatures and sunny skies welcomed 642 finishers (nearly 200 finishers more than in 2008!) to the cross country course that started and finished at Stillwell Woods Park in Syosset.

It was once again refreshing to see so many younger runners participating in Rob’s Run as part of a Long Island running community that has become increasingly “grayer” in recent years. The first six runners were all under the age of 30, and the first 14 runners to finish were all under the age of 40, all a tribute to the good health of the sport on Long Island. “If you put on a quality event that promises to be competitive, younger runners will respond, and they did so in force at Rob’s Run,” observed Race Director James Murray.

Thanks go to Long Island Blood Services for their sponsorship of the Run once again. Thanks also go to the Center for Developmental Disabilities and the Center’s wonderful Executive Director Nick Boba and Director of Development Debbie Patey for lending the use of the facilities at the Center for packet pickup and the Awards Ceremony, to leading Syosset realtor Kathy Pisani of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty and Phil’s Pizzeria of Syosset as new sponsors of this year’s Run in support of The Center. Thanks again to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto and the staff of the Town’s Department of Parks and Recreation for their support, and for all the enthusiastic volunteers from the Greater Long Island Running Club for ensuring the success of the event. We were happy to have Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman (and Nassau County Legislator-Elect!) Rose MarieWalker for once again being on hand to congratulate the runners.

Hold the date for next year – Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, and the 18th annual edition of Long Island Blood Services Rob’s Run.