Serious runners and those who just wanted to have a good time came together to support Catholic education on Long Island at the Run for Tomorrow’s Hope,  hosted by St Joseph School in Garden City, on Saturday, March 19. The event, which had 540 runners (up from the 350 last year), is a USATF sanctioned event featuring chipped timing for the serious runners, and a one mile fun run for children and recreational runners. Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation provides tuition assistance for families of children wishing to attend a Long Island Catholic Elementary School.

DSC_0875Runners competed on a flat and fast 5K course through the tree lined streets of Garden City. The 5K course was in great shape and was brilliantly run by 12-year-old Lauryn Heskin of Floral Park who set a record with a blistering time of 17:37.3. Lauryn’s record time also made her the top female finisher with Cecilia Winthrop, 16, taking second with a time of 20:17.6 and 15 year-old Chiara Cinquemani, from Flushing, finishing third with a time of 20:47.7.

Overall top finisher Patrick White, 17, from Amityville, set a course record of 16:33.9 and was followed across the finish line by Jay Barry, 37, from Manhasset, in second at 16:36.6. Ryan Heskin, 15, from Floral Park came in third with a time of 17:11.7.

The race also featured some fun categories. The fastest clergy award went to St Joseph’s  Father Joe Scolaro, who ran the 5K in 24:22.1. The fastest male Catholic School teacher was Coach John May from St Francis Prep with a time of 21:31.3 and the fastest female Catholic school teacher was Kristina Mazzone from St Joseph School with a time of 24:10.7. St Patirck’s School of Bayshore was awarded the St Joseph’s Cup for having the best participation of an elementary school outside of the host school and the Island’s Catholic high schools were well represented with runners from Kellenberg, St Mary’s, Chaminade, Our Lady of Mercy Academy, St Francis Prep, and Sacred Heart Academy all participating.

DSC_0253A post race festival followed which included a face painter, arts and crafts, food and drink.  All children received a prize at the finish line. Thanks to sponsorships, donations and race registration, over $26,000 was raised.