In beautiful weather, nearly 300 runners paid a visit to the Old Bethpage Village Restoration Saturday to take part in the third of the four race Jonas Chiropractic RunNassau Series of races leading up to the Long Island Marathon.
The Old Bethpage event was originally slated to be the first in the series, but the blizzard of Feb. 8 put an end to that and it was rescheduled for Saturday. In the meantime two other RunNassau Races were held at Nickerson Beach on March 10 and Cedar Creek Park on March 23.
The series is co-sponsored by the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
The 23-year-old speedster Dan Gargaro of Huntington won the OBVR 5K, scoring in 16:42 for his third series win, and 24 year old Tara Mannino of Massapequa was the Women’s winner in 21:10.
Top local finishers included Steven Weiss of Plainview 1st 35-39 age group, 20:41), Samantha DiStefani of Syosset (2nd woman 14 and under, 23:14), Samantha’s dad Stephen (4th 40-44, 23:14), Donna Rosen of Woodbury (3rd woman 55-59, 29:25), Odd Sangesland of Plainview (3rd 80-84 age group, 45:48), and Bert Jablon of Syosset (1st 85 plus age group, 38:43).
The final event in the Joas Chiropractic RunNassau Series will be a four-mile run at Eisenhower Park on April 27, the week before the Long Island Marathon.
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