Annual Inwood 5K Set for Sunday; Benefits Kids

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By Raimundo Ortiz

The Inwood 5K race, a Five Towns tradition since it was founded in 1993 by Michael DeRosa and Peter Sobol, will be run on Sunday, October 7th.  The race begins inside Inwood Park, and goes down Bayview Avenue, turns left on Doughty Boulevard and proceeds to Healy Avenue. The route goes through the “back of Inwood” to Donahue Avenue along the Inwood Country Club, which hosted the 1923 U.S. Open and the 1927 PGA Championship. After that, the racers get on Sheridan Avenue and take it back to Bayview Avenue before finishing up at beautiful Inwood Park.

According to inwood5k.com, the proceeds of the race are given to graduating Five Towns high-schoolers. Twelve organizations provide volunteers each year, and these organizations each choose one student at their discretion to grant a scholarship to.

“It’s very important that organizations in the community are recognizing outstanding students and helping them further their education,” said DeRosa. “These kids will remember that and will probably give back to their communities later.”

The Inwood 5K is a microcosm of the community. On inwood5k.com, the diversity of Inwood is touted, as well as the civic pride. People of all backgrounds and age groups descend upon Inwood Park when it is time to race, and the unity is a big reason the Inwood 5K even exists. “It brings 12 organizations in our community together for one day,” said DeRosa. “Each provides volunteers and has a job to make the event run smoothly.”

The togetherness brought about by the race is the major payoff for DeRosa and Sobol, as well as the privilege of helping hard-working students reach their goals. “The personal satisfaction for Peter Sobol and myself is to coordinate the collective efforts of each organization and reward the students of their choice,” said DeRosa.

The real show gets going after the main race is over. After the 5K is completed, young children swarm to the Inwood Park football field for the Pumpkin Tot-Trot. The Pumpkin Tot-Trot is free for kids ages six and under. These kids race around collecting pumpkins off the ground and are allowed to bring home the pumpkin they retrieve. All the tiny participants get a medal during the 5K awards ceremony.

Registration is open until October 5th at 9:00 a.m. Entering the race costs $20 for entrants ages 18-65. Racers 65 and older pay $15. For those who missed registration, you can sign up for the race from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on October 7th for $25. There is also a 1K fun run for children 12 years old and under at 9:00. The 1K is $15 or $25 on race day.

The awards being given out are for the top three finishers male and female, the top three physically challenged participants, and the top three in the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-24, and five-year age groups through 80 plus. Additionally, free t-shirts will be given to the first 250 applicants.

 

 

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