2013-05-03 / Sports

Run For It!

Rockaway Rotarians Hold 35th Annual Ocean Run
By Dan Guarino


Go! Runners fly off the starting line at the 35th Annual Rockaway Rotary Run on Sunday, April 28th. Despite the damage of Sandy, hundreds of residents and others came out to join in a Rockaway tradition. Go! Runners fly off the starting line at the 35th Annual Rockaway Rotary Run on Sunday, April 28th. Despite the damage of Sandy, hundreds of residents and others came out to join in a Rockaway tradition. More than a hundred runners gathered on Shore Front Parkway for the 35th Annual Rockaway Rotary Ocean Run on Sunday, April 28th.

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.


On his feet even on Sunday, Rockaway Beach postman Jason Jules. On his feet even on Sunday, Rockaway Beach postman Jason Jules. The run was organized and presented by the Rockaway Rotary Club.

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.


Coming home with the trophies and running for a good cause. Coming home with the trophies and running for a good cause. The top three frontrunners in the men’s division were Patrick Goldberg, Ronald Smith and James Hayden.

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!”



Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and his wife and two young children laced-up their sneakers and dashed for the finish line at the 35th Annual Rockaway Rotary 5k Ocean Run. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and his wife and two young children laced-up their sneakers and dashed for the finish line at the 35th Annual Rockaway Rotary 5k Ocean Run.

Third place Men’s finisher James Hayden. Third place Men’s finisher James Hayden.

Second place Men’s runner Ronald Joseph. Second place Men’s runner Ronald Joseph.

First place in the over 70 category, runner Bert Robbins, age 80! First place in the over 70 category, runner Bert Robbins, age 80!

Rockaway Rotary Ocean Run Men’s first place winner Patrick Goldberg. Rockaway Rotary Ocean Run Men’s first place winner Patrick Goldberg.

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