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'Ho Ho Ho' 5-K Run Set for Bethpage on Dec. 15

Plenty of time to sign up for holiday fun run.

Runners and their families can celebrate the holiday season by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 15, 2012.

The Greater Long Island Running Club will be celebrating the 25th anniversary edition of that event at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage.

Thanks to the generosity of the Intellectual Property law firm of Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt and Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW, this year’s edition of the Run will offer all the great amenities of past years

Race Director Ric DiVeglio will be joining lots of volunteers to stage another spectacular morning of family fitness and fun.  Santa Claus will once again be there as the Official Starter, and hordes of reindeer, elves and other denizens of the Holiday Season will be at the Middle School to make sure that a good time will be had by all.

There will once again be special prizes for the best Holiday costume and for the first “Centipede” to cross the finish line.  Runners and walkers are most definitely encouraged to run/walk in costumes appropriate for the season.  There will, of course, be a Fun Run for the youngsters on the grounds of the Middle School before the 5K main event.

GLIRC will once again hold a GIANT post-race door prize drawing that will be highlighted by the Grand prize of a flat screen high definition television set and the second prize of a top-of-the-line digital camera.  Everyone who is entered in the Run has an equal chance to win a prize.

Please note that this year’s ho Ho Ho Run will carry forward the GLIRC policy of a 50% discount for preregistered runners age 16 and under.

A portion of the net proceeds of the Run will be turned over to The Opening Word, an education program for poor, uneducated women to give them the tools that they need to become productive members of society.

Everyone who shows up for the event is encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy with them to benefit children in need through the John Theissen Children’s Foundation.

Among the top finishers in last year's edition of the Run were Scott Crane of Plainview in 22nd place overall, and Shari Klarfeld of Plainview, scoring as the second woman finisher overall. GLIRC expects both of these outstanding athletes to be back on December 15th, and looks forward to welcoming lots of other runners from the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community.

Call Mike or Linda at (516) 349-7646 for entry forms or information, or you can register online at www.glirc.org.  Want to be a volunteer ?  Contact Mindy at (516) 520-9481 or at mindyruns@aol.com.  (If you use email, please put “Ho Ho Ho Run as the subject.)

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