Community Bonding @ Miles for Michael 5K

New York State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, shown with BOE Members and District Administrators at the beginning of the race.
New York State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, shown with BOE Members and District Administrators at the beginning of the race.
Racers pass one of the many horse farms that dot the West Hills area of the South Huntington School District.
Racers pass one of the many horse farms that dot the West Hills area of the South Huntington School District.
They may not be at the very front of the pack…but our stroller brigade was having a great day in the community.
They may not be at the very front of the pack…but our stroller brigade was having a great day in the community.
Volunteer Bridget Berbrick encourages a young runner as fellow volunteer Joanne Padilla replenishes one of the trays at Friday evenings pasta dinner.
Volunteer Bridget Berbrick encourages a young runner as fellow volunteer Joanne Padilla replenishes one of the trays at Friday evenings pasta dinner.
This year’s Kid’s Fun Run was bigger than ever. Crossing the finish line with their best foot forward, these sisters each deserved medals.
This year’s Kid’s Fun Run was bigger than ever. Crossing the finish line with their best foot forward, these sisters each deserved medals.
Many of the Kid’s Fun Run Medal winners strike their best pose.
Many of the Kid’s Fun Run Medal winners strike their best pose.
From our senior citizens to our littlest community members, everyone was a super hero on this day.
From our senior citizens to our littlest community members, everyone was a super hero on this day.
For the second straight year the fastest runner on the day was Aaron Robertson who broke last year’s record with an unofficial time of 16:39.
For the second straight year the fastest runner on the day was Aaron Robertson who broke last year’s record with an unofficial time of 16:39.
Slightly overcast skies gave our runners a cool start to the 3rd Annual Miles for Michael 5K Run.
Slightly overcast skies gave our runners a cool start to the 3rd Annual Miles for Michael 5K Run.

The place to be this past Saturday morning was Walt Whitman High School and the neighboring community along the 3rd Annual ‘Miles for Michael’ 5K Run-Walk. Mother Nature did not disappoint as she provided close to 600 registered runners and walkers with a perfect morning to be outside.

All proceeds from this annual event benefit the arts, music, and dance programs for South Huntington students. Officiated by Start to Finish Road Race Timers and Consultants, this sanctioned 5K run drew participants from the entire metro-new York area, and even as far away as Chicago and Virginia. New York road race expert commentator Mr. Terry Bisogno took to the microphone and gave runners and the South Huntington community a commentary that introduced each and every participant as they crossed the finish line. Sheila Buhse, who organized and directed this incredible event, took to the podium at the conclusion where the top three runners in over 30 categories were presented medals.

The Whitman dancers performed and at the Kids Fun Run, parents cheered on their littlest runners as they circled the Whitman track and then made a grand exit through the official finish line. There were tents with baskets for raffle and nourishment for all of the participants and their fans.

“Thank you all for helping make this past weekend’s celebration a huge success,” said Ms. Buhse.    “We continue to surpass the goals that we set out each year and that feat is in big part because of your involvement.  This year the sun was not shining overhead but the rain held off to give us a cool morning to enjoy the challenging but fun route.  Thank you all for being committed to our school community and all it has to offer.

There are many people responsible for the days success.

Our run’s committee members outdid themselves again in the days/weeks leading up to race day: Annie Michaelian, Maria Colon, Vasken Kazandjian, Sue Radin, Helene Falcone, Rory Sherman, Angela Meringolo, Lisa Brieff and Bridget Berbrick.

Our  “fabulous four” Margaret Bayley, Joanne Padilla, Christine Rapp, and Kelly Twist continue to amaze us all. 

A special thank you to John Burke and Kathy Hopkins who along with many other jobs prepared the route for the run.  Creating and maintaining the integrity and safety for both the kid’s fun run and the streets for the 5K was a daunting job.  Our day could not have happened without this amazing duo. 

Morning Set Up and Break Down led by Kevin Kennedy and Carlo Giordano and their teams: Lou Savarese, Bill Rathje, Pam Lamonica, Mike Lusardi, Peter Schmid and William Ivy. Thank you all!

Pasta Dinner Photo Gallery

Kids Fun Run Photo Gallery

5K Runners Group A Photo Gallery

5K Runners Group B Photo Gallery

5K Something for Everyone Photo Gallery

5K Jaynes Hill by Camila Korobow Photo Gallery