Syosset trains for 10th annual 5k run

July 17, 2013 by  

For the past decade, runners in Syosset and neighboring villages have participated in the Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run. The 10th annual run is sponsored by the Greater Long Island Running Club, and its proceeds will benefit the Syosset and Plainview Hospitals, both of which are part of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.

Along with the long run through Plainview, there will also be a quarter-mile fun run for children under the age of 12. This will encourage young children to be more physically active and help further the run’s mission of fighting childhood obesity.

In addition to supporting obesity research, proceeds from the run will support a grant established in the memory of Dr. Gary Rachlin. This, in turn, will support a student who is studying medicine, as well provide funding to outreach programs and scholarly research.

The race will use computerized bibs from Just Finish, Inc. Runners’ times will be tracked with an RFID chip embedded in each bib. There are prizes for the runners who finish first based on age group. Awards are also given to the first three doctors who finish and the first three health system employees to finish. The race organizers could use stationery printing to create certificates to hand out to the winners.

Runners are not the only ones who have the opportunity to win; there will also be a raffle drawing for two roundtrip airfare tickets from Jet Blue, as well as two HDTVs.

The race is scheduled for July 21 and will start at Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School. Registration opens at 7:00 am for both the 5k and the Fun Run. The Fun Run takes place at 8:00 am, while the 5K kicks off at 8:30 am.