More details have emerged about the Sands Point Preserve Sprint for the Feinstein Institute, a kilometer run held on Saturday, Aug. 11. And Port Washington athletes finished prominently in the race, which saw 300 finishers.
Port Washington award winners include Karen Melara (3rd woman 30-34 Age Group), Michelle Durant of Sands Point (1st woman 35-39 Age Group), Judy Cutaia (1st woman 60-64 age group), Sebastian Didier (3rd Clydesdale 185-199 Weight Division), 82 year old Vera Allen (oldest woman in the race and 1st in the Women’s 80-84 age group).
Top local finisher, although he didn’t win an award, was Mark Heller, who scored in 29th place overall with a time of 21 minutes, 53 seconds. Other Port Washington runners who didn’t win awards but who finished in the top echelons of the race included 17-year-old highschooler Joe Featherston in 36th place overall, 18-year-old Joshua Friedman, scoring in 39th place overall, 47-year-old Alex Gonzalez, scoring in 41st place overall, and 41-year-old Eric Gulkis in 44th place overall.
Race Director Abe Bernstein of the 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 good folks from North Shore-LIJ Feinstein Institute who got Bernstein back on his feet and on the track and roads 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 Port Washington welcome us to their community and join us for the Sprint,” Bernstein said. “Sands Point is a great place to stage a running event, and we certainly hope to be here again in 2013.”
Special thanks to the Greater Long Island Running Club.