Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz

Over 900 runners and crowds of supportive family and friends participated in the Fourth Annual Run for Tomorrow’s Hope 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, March 30. The race, which is part of a three-race series in Garden City, is hosted by St. Joseph School and benefits the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation, a charity that helps support Catholic students and schools.

The race featured a one-mile ‘Fun Run’ that is a real family affair with many parents and students running together. It was followed by the 5K which is a professionally chipped and timed race on the flat, tree-lined streets of Garden City. The overall winner was Matthew Payamps, a senior at St. Anthony’s High School, South Huntington, who will attend college at Georgetown University this fall. Payamps time was 16:00. The first female athlete across the line was Lauryn Heskin, a runner from the TSC Running Club of Floral Park. Heskin’s time was 18:53.

In addition to offering categories for runners in different age brackets, the race features a number of unique categories recognizing the participation of different elements of Long Island’s Catholic education community:

  •  The Catholic high schools compete for St. Sebastian’s Cup for the lowest combined time of their first five finishers. St. Anthony’s High School won that convincingly, taking the top four finishing spots and putting up a combined time of 1:24:04. Chaminade High School, Mineola, which showed its support with 32 runners participating, was second with a combined time of 1:29:06 and St. John the Baptist High School, West Islip, finished third with a combined time of 1:31:25.
  •  The woman’s combined title was won by the girls from Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead, with a combined time of 1:57:26. The girls from Kellenberg Memorial High School, Uniondale, finished second with a time of 2:04:55.
  •  Fastest Catholic educators were Brian Colomban of St. Joseph’s School with a time of 20:59 and fastest  Allison Haun of Sacred Heart Academy with a time of 21:42.
  • The Fastest Clergy went to repeat winner Father Joseph Scolaro, pastor of Notre Dame Parish in New Hyde Park.
  •  The St. Joseph Cup is awarded to the Catholic Elementary School, other than the host school St. Joseph, with the greatest level of participation. That award was won for the second year in a row by St. Aidan School in Williston Park who narrowly edged out Our Lady of Peace School in Lynbrook for the honor.

The race, a fund-raising event, generated nearly $25,000 for the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation who uses the money to support Catholic elementary schools and students. For more information about Tomorrow’s Hope visit