Siblings Score In Run


Congratulations to Massapequa runners Joe Grieco and his sister Michele Grieco, both of whom scored with awards in the 24th annual edition of New York Blood Center’s Rob’s

Joe Grieco of Massapequa crosses the finish line

Run a 5 Kilometer Cross Country race held in the trails in and around Stillwell Woods in Syosset on Sunday morning, Nov. 28.


Brother Joe was the second finisher overall, covering the 3.107 mile course in 17 minutes, 16 seconds.  Sister Michele crossed the finish line with a time of 21 minutes, 17 sconds, earning herself the second place award in the women’s 25-29 age group.

A total of 627 runners successfully completed the run.

The Run was managed by the Greater Long Island Running lub, with Jim Murray and Sue Fitzpatrick serving as the Co-Directors of the Run.

This event is held in loving memory of Rob Lauterborn, who was taken from his family and friends way too soon a quarter of a century ago, and it was our pleasur

Michele Grieco of Massapequa earns her award at Rob’s Run

e to welcome Rob’s mom Frances and brothers Ed and Mike to the Run once again this year.


Thanks go to New York Blood Center and Harvey Schaffler for continuing many years of sponsoring this event. Thanks also go to the Center for Developmental Disabilities, led by its Executive Director Nick Boba, Director of Development Debbie Patey, and Controller Julia Smith for lending the use of their facility for to serve as the “race headquarters,” and to S&S Automotive Center of Syosset who once again sponsored the event in support of the Center.

The Greater Long Island Running Club continues to be grateful to All Round Foods and its most generous CEO Glen Wolther for the delicious baked goods that were enjoyed by all the runners and volunteers, and we were pleased to welcome new culinary sponsor Moe’s Southwest Grill and their delicious salsa and chips to the event.  Thanks as well to Petro Home Services for joining the Rob’s Run team.

Nassau County Legislator Rose Walker was once again a welcome pres

Run co-directors Sue Fitzpatrick (left) and Jim Murray (right) welcome Nassau County Legislator Rose Walker to the event

ence at the event once year.  Our good buddy Rose led the runners in the Pledge of Allegiance before the start, and held the finish line tape as women’s winner Victoria Kornieva-Robitaille crossed the line.


Thanks as well go to John & Jill Snitko of JMS Racing Services and Race Announcer Terry Bisogno for their thoroughly professional services, and to our Logistics crew of  Nick Palazzo, Bob Sherman, Rick Secor, Robert McDougall and Ethan Rockitter for still another job well done.

Hold the date for next year–Sunday, Nov. 26, for the 25th anniversary edition of New York Blood Center’s Rob’s Run.


All smiles at the success of the event are from left: Harvey Schaffler of New York Blood Center, Rob Lauterborn’s brothers Mike and Ed, Run Co-Director Sue Fitzpatrick, and Debbie Patey and Nick Boba of the Center for Developmental Disabilities

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