Long Island's oldest continually held 10K run is set for April 3, the date of the 34th annual Nationwide Insurance 10 Kilometer Run for ASPIRE.
It's run on a challenging but fair course through the roads of Plainview and Old Bethpage, starting and finishing at the H. B. Mattlin Middle School on Washington Avenue. New Co-race director Karen Schackner has joined Director Bog Windorf to put together an event that promises to be the biggest and best ASPIRE run ever, organizers say.
The run will once again be conducted by the Greater Long Island Running Club, with the continued support of Anthony Wiszowaty of Nationwide and many other Nationwide agents on Long Island. There work honors the memory of GLIRC’s and Nationwide’s own Stanley Kramberg, with the entire net proceeds of the event being turned over the ASPIRE Program for the rehabilitation of young amputees and ASPIRE’s Stanley Kramberg Memorial Scholarship Fund. Many of the youngsters in the ASPIRE Program will be participating in the morning of the run.
The event will present awards in age groups through 85 plus, along with Clydesdale and Athena Weight Divisions. Top male and female overall and master finishers will take home a pair of Mizuno running shoes. Every entrant will receive one of the high quality long sleeve Run for ASPIRE shirts. Other great perks of the ASPIRE 10K include a free massage, a fun run for the kids before the main event, post-race refreshments and a nice post-race raffle to cap the morning.
While the ASPIRE 10K is geared towards the average recreational runner, it will once again offer a $500 prize if the first male runner to cross the finish line breaks the course record of 30:27 set by Pat Peterson in 1988, and a $500 prize if the first female runner to cross the finish line breaks the woman’s course record of 34:55 set by Angela Hearn in 1989.
The entry fee remains $20 for those who register in advance, with a 50 percent discount for runners age 16 and under, and $25 for everyone who waits until the morning of April 3 to register.
Applications can be obtained by calling Mike or Linda at the Greater Long Island Running Club office at (516)349-7646 or TOBAY Recreation Supervisor Diane Ramos at (516)797-4125. Volunteers are welcome and needed.
Contact Mindy Davidson at (516)520-9481 (before 9 p.m., please) or firstname.lastname@example.org.