2011-05-20 / Letters

The Wrong Time

Dear Editor,

Thank you for your excellent editorial and photographic coverage of the 2011 Rockaway Rotary Ocean Run held on the boardwalk on Sunday morning, May 1. My wife Alma and I have participated in over 25 of these events in their varied lengths and venues over the years, and it’s always a pleasure to see our many friends and former neighbors who turn out each year for what many consider the unofficial opening of Rockaway’s summer season.

When checking the finishing times in your May 6 edition, however, I noticed that over 10 minutes had been mistakenly added to my wife’s finishing time. While fully understanding that the event is staffed by volunteers and mistakes do happen in transcribing and posting finishing times when electronic chips are not used, printing this letter would serve to correct the error.

Why the fuss over 10 minutes in what’s billed as a fun run?

My wife Alma, a runner for over 25 years, is a proud breast cancer survivor who has worked extremely hard to reach the performance level she enjoyed prior to her surgery/chemo/ radiation treatments in 2003/2004, and her actual finishing time of 33:38 was her personal best since that ordeal.

Thanks again to the Rockaway Rotary staff, the race and medical volunteers and Rockaway running mentor Joe Featherston who all work hard to maintain the Rockaway Rotary Ocean Run tradition.

Hope to see all again on the boards in the Spring of 2012 … If not before.


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