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Elmhurst girls impress at first-ever NYRR Kids Boardwalk Run

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy NYRR

Two girls from P.S. 102 in Elmhurst finished in two of the three top spots for their age bracket in the first-ever New York Road Runners (NYRR) Kids’ Boardwalk Run at the Airbnb Brooklyn Half on May 16. Hundreds of children, ages 7 to 18, from all five boroughs competed in heats based on age.

Skyi Velasco, 11, finished in second place, with a time of 6:10 and Kallie Sanchez, 13, came in third place with a time of 6:13 in the 11- to 13-year-old girls one-mile heat. They also placed third and fifth, respectively, out of nearly 300 female runners.

The out-and-back course started and ended at the half-marathon finish line. The kids ran in their heats and all participants earned a finisher ribbon as well as a set of bright green sunglasses. The top three finishers in each heat also received a medal and tickets to the New York Aquarium.

Both girls participate in the NYRR Young Runners youth program. The young runners program use team-based structure to help kids learn important lessons about how to set and achieve goals and to make activity a part of their daily lives.


Flushing’s P.S. 164 students run 30K miles, win 500 books

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Julianne DiDominico


If P.S. 164 students are tired from all the running they did, soon they’ll be able to sit back and indulge in hundreds of new books.

Students at the Flushing school ran almost 30,000 cumulative miles through the school year to win the grand prize of 500 books from the Miles for Books campaign of the New York Road Runners (NYRR), the organization recently announced. The school will hold a ceremony in June when it receives its prize.

The campaign worked through the NYRR’s Mighty Milers, an initiative to encourage children to run throughout the school year, and offered books based on the number of miles schools ran through March. Schools that averaged the most miles won 100 new books, but only one institution with the overall most miles could win the grand prize of an additional 400 books.

At P.S. 164 more than 600 students ran an average of nearly 50 miles per student for the year.

“Our Miles for Books month was a huge success. It was a running frenzy,” said P.S. 164 physical education teacher Julianne DiDominico, who organized the running. “It is very difficult finding something that will bring students in a K-8 school together for a common goal, and Miles for Books month has done just that.”

The school’s library has many worn and outdated books, DiDominico said, and was denied a grant for new ones. During the month, students in gym classes ran a certain amount of miles per day and were awarded incentives based on their accomplishments. They also incorporated fun drills, such as dribbling, and academic skills, including doing math to figure out personal goals.

“The teachers and administration were amazed with how [the running] had become a part of our school culture,” DiDominico said.



Record numbers, heightened security at NYC Marathon

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of New York Road Runners

The safest place in the country may have been the route of the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday.

NYPD officers trolled the race, guarding runners and spectators alike, because of terrorism concerns caused by the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year, in which three people died and hundreds were injured.

A record 50,740 runners from around the world competed in this year’s ING Marathon, which was cancelled last year due to tremendous damage by Superstorm Sandy.

“My point of view is you can’t live like that,” said Joseph Gordon, a Queens Village resident who ran the marathon for the first time. “Living in New York it’s dangerous just to step outside my house. The NYRR [New York Road Runners] did a good job being careful and improving security.”

The marathon, which travels 26.2 miles around the five boroughs, featured more police officers along the course than previous years, some with bomb-sniffing dogs. Officers also checked spectators’ bags at certain locations, among various other reported counter-terrorism tactics.

As a result the race proceeded safely and featured fierce competition, dominated by Kenyan runners.

In the men’s race, Geoffrey Mutai defended his NYC Marathon 2011 crown with another win. He finished with an official time of 2:08:24. Priscah Jeptoo won the women’s division with a time of 2:25:07.

Gordon said the return of the race brings the city a little bit closer to normalcy.

“I think it’s really important to New York, the fact that it’s in all the boroughs and a lot of people were affected [by Sandy],” he said. “It’s not something that New York needs, but that the people of New York needed. It’s like a morale booster.”