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Plainview Runners ASPIRE to Race For a Good Cause

Greater L.I. Running Club holds 10K event near Mattlin to raise money for young amputees.

There's no fooling on this April 1st ... it was a great day for a run in Plainview. An estimated 800 runners took part in the 10K Run for ASPIRE on Sunday in the area of Mattlin Middle School.

The event is hosted by the Greater Long Island Running Club, and proceeds for the event go to the Adolescent Sarcoma Patient’s Intense Rehabilitation through Exercise (ASPIRE), which helps young amputees. This year's event also helped fund the Stanley Kramberg Memorial Scholarship, in memory of the longtime running club participant.

This year's overall and men's winner was Chris Mammone from Massapequa, a member of the Bellmore Striders running club, which always has a strong showing in the event. Chris finished the over six mile race in 31:51.

"It's definitely for a great cause, it's great to see all the amputees out there running, walking," Mammone said. "You don't see that much, but you come here and see it, it's interesting, definitely great."

The women's crown went to Heather Williams of Centerport, who's been racing in the ASPIRE event for 25 years.

"It's an awesome community, that's why I'm out here," Williams said. "There's no other sport like it, just a great group no matter who wins, we support each other just like we support the cause."

Several amputees did in fact take part, with Michael Laforgia of Smithtown and Sarah Reinertsen from California winning the men's and women's categories, respectively.

Full race results can be found at www.pigmantri.com. Check out Patch's photos and videos from all the action.

Sharon April 03, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I live in Plainview and I got absolutely no notification of the event either. My son goes to Hebrew School every Sunday morning and we take Washington Avenue to get there. When my husband tried to take him this past Sunday, he found that the road was temporarily closed and was forced to go up to Jericho Tpke and come down the other side, making many children late. When I went to pick him up, the road was open but I had to travel in the opposite lane because some of the runners were running 4 or 5 across and taking up one entire lane, and causing vehicles traveling in the opposite direction to have to stop. I think the race is a wonderful event, but notice to everyone in Plainview and Old Bethpage would be extremely helpful as more than just St. Pius is affected.
Mike Polansky April 03, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Again, we send letters to roughly 2500 homes a week before the event. It's not cheap to do so and, of course, it takes money away from the charity we bnefit, but we believe that it ismportant to notify everyone in Plainview-Old Bethpage who is affected by the event. We cover every home in Old Bethpage and a good hunk of Plainview. I assume that the Post Office delivers what we send, so all I can think of is that some people just throw them away without looking at them, but I can't control that. There was also plenty of advance notice on Plainview-Patch and the Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald. This was our 35h year of doing the event for the amputees, and we do everything possible and then some to let the community know what's happening. That being said,I would love anyone's input as to what else we can do to notify them.
Simba April 03, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Mike A simple sign at the Old Country Road and Plainview Road would of been great, also signs at the major intersections along the route would of helped as well. I am being honest with you, we did not get any mailing and neither did my neighbours.
Sharon April 03, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I have no reason not to believe that you send out the letters and that they cost a great deal of money, but I know I did not receive anything and i read all my mail. If people don't read the information you send, and not everyone is aware of the Patch website, I would recommend you save your money and try a different tactic. Perhaps a notice in Newsday or the sign idea mentioned earlier? I think most people would agree that the race is a great event and don't wish to stop it. They just need a more effective way to give notice of it.
Mike Polansky April 03, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Sharon, & Simba -- The signage is a great idea and we will add it to our list for 2013. That being said, I really am concerned about our mailed notices not being delivered by the post office. We always fe,lt that it was the single most effective way to notify people. If you folks could provide me wuith your postal addresses, I want to check them against our list and -- if they are one the list -- I will have a few words with the Plainview and Old Bethpage post offices. If you don't want your addresses made public, please just email them to spolansky@aol.com rather than puttiing them here as a comment. Thanks, it would really help!

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