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Peconic Landing’s 10th Annual May Mile
May 9, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm$10 – $25
Peconic Landing will hold its 10th annual May Mile & 5K race Saturday, May 9 at 1500 Brecknock Road in Greenport. Benefitting the Greenport Fire Department, the intergenerational event promotes health and wellness through community involvement and sponsorship in celebration of Older Americans Month.
Known as the East End’s premier Older Americans Month event, it is open to runners and walkers of all ages and fitness abilities, offering both a relaxed mile-long walk and a more challenging 3.1 mile run. More than 400 participants are expected to take part with more than 150 volunteers, including students from area school districts, helping throughout the day.
Peconic Landing president and CEO Robert J. Syron will host the event and is pleased to present the “Older American Champion Award” to David Nyce, outgoing mayor of Greenport Village. The annual award honors a local individual for his or her years of service and continued dedication to older Americans, acknowledging the difference they make in older Americans’ quality of life.
“David Nyce recognizes the important role our greatest generation plays in this community, having spent much of his eight-year term listening and acting upon their recommendations and concerns,” Mr. Syron said. “Peconic Landing is proud to honor David Nyce with this award.”
Over the past decade the annual event has raised more than $160,000 for the fire department since its kick-off in 2005. Last year’s campaign raised a total of $25,200, helping the department to purchase, refurbish and maintain rescue equipment vital to keeping fire department volunteers safe during response efforts. A portion of the donation was also used to purchase a marine rescue boat.
“It helps us out tremendously,” said Chief Harry Breese of the Greenport Fire Department. “It allows us to budget for equipment and uniforms that we might not otherwise be able to fund.”
“It takes a lot of people to make an event like this happen for us,” Chief Breese said. “We really appreciate everyone who comes out.”
Registration and stretching begin at 8 a.m. at Brecknock Hall with the race and walk to start at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is recommended however participants can register the day of the event.
A barbeque lunch and the awards ceremony will follow at 11:15 a.m. on the back lawn of Brecknock Hall, where goods from more than 30 area businesses – including a membership to Eastern Long Island Hospital’s Fitness & Wellness Center, gift certificates and prints from area photographers – will be raffled off with proceeds also benefitting the department.
You can register for the May Mile online here.