Run For It!
Participants of all ages ran or walked the five kilometers, and there was also a 1/4 mile children’s race.
“This year there was a change in venue,” explained local runner Bert Robbins, “as Hurricane Sandy destroyed the Rockaway boardwalk for most of its length.”
The course of the 3.1 mile race went from Beach 102nd Street to Beach 108th Street along Shore Front Parkway. From there it went to Beach 72nd Street and back to Beach 102nd Street.
The race was sponsored by Sweet N Low and run in memory of community activist Barbara Eisenstadt. Continuing her mission of recognizing and acting on Rockaway’s needs, a portion of the event’s proceeds went to Superstorm Sandy Recovery.
Said Run chairman, Dr. Daniel Mirkin, of Mirkin Vision Care, “We had over a hundred runners. It was beautiful. The weather was spectacular!”
Organizers also gave special thanks to the Irish Circle, The Influence Band, The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and St John’s Hospital Blood Pressure Screening.
Among those who ran were Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder, his wife, Esther, and their two young children. The assemblyman’s chief of staff, Angelica Katz, also ran that day.
At a post-race celebration at the Irish Circle, runners and supporters were entertained by the Influence Band and awards were given out.
The top three placing women, according to the Rotary Run website, included Elizabeth Loonam, Michelle Blanco and Caroline Gifford.
Teams which crossed the finish line first were listed as Mary Hanson-Rotary, Milina Kantor-Rotary and Jeffrey Brauchler-FDNY.
Said Robbins, “At age 80, I am a competitive runner.
“This year I again placed first in the over seventy category. In all honesty, I was must add that I was also last…as I was the only one in that category!”
As for the next event, the 36th Rotary Run in 2014, Robbins said, “(I’m) taking it one day and one race at a time. I am looking forward to next year!”