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2013 Staten Island Advance Memorial Day Run: As we run and walk, we remember

George Kochman By George Kochman
on May 26, 2013 at 8:58 AM
start2.jpg Runners break away from the starting line at the 2012 Staten Island Advance Memorial Day Run.Advance File Photo/Hilton Flores

The tradition lives on.

The 33rd Staten Island Advance Memorial Day Run will be held Monday.

As usual.

And there will be the customary festivities accompanying the four-mile run and fitness walk, sponsored by this borough’s daily newspaper and the North Shore LIJ Staten Island University Hospital.

As always, athletes and spectators will pause to honor those who have fought and died for this country.

But this year, not everything is business as usual. There’s an additional somber reminder of a year that brought death and destruction to Ocean Breeze, Midland Beach and South Beach.

The effects of Hurricane Sandy are still being felt along the race route.

Many homes are still boarded up, repairs to the Boardwalk are incomplete, and much needs to be done to restore the ravaged shore communities.

But, with an eye toward bringing a feeling of rejuvenation to the area, the race lives on, although with a different starting and finishing point.

This year, this celebration of life begins at Midland Beach, and runs an out-and-back route along Father Capodanno Boulevard to South Beach and back, ending at Greeley Avenue.

It’s still a flat, fast, course, with many of the 1,000-plus runners seeking personal bests.

Prognostications for the Advance Run are nearly impossible, as many runners wait until the last moment to register for the first Staten Island Road Racing Triple Crown event of the season. Last year’s winners, off-Islanders Dan Renahan and Alexis Panisse, are doubtful entrants.

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MEMORIAL DAY RUN AT A GLANCE 

THE EVENT 

The 33rd annual Advance Memorial Day Run and fitness walk 

RACE TIME 

Monday, 9 a.m., Midland Avenue and Fr. Capodanno Blvd. 

2012 WINNERS 

Dan Renahan and Alexis Panisse 

RACE-DAY ENTRIES 

Runners may register Monday from 7-8:30 a.m., near the Capodanno entrance to Miller Field. Race-day entry fee is $30. 

KIDS’ FUN RUN 

Register children from 7-7:30 a.m., near the Capodanno entrance to Miller Field. Races begin at 8 a.m. Entry is free. 

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However, improving Joe Brancale, last year’s overall third place Triple Crown winner, is among the pre-entrants, as is Boston University runner Mike Caputo, while Valerie Mondiello and Christine Pagano head the women’s pre-registered list.

One top female will be missing, as Terry Ballou, coming off a knee injury, is confining her early-season efforts to races on the track.

But there are many others who will keep their own personal streaks alive.

Jeff Benjamin of Eltingville has been a competitor since the race’s inception, and ex-Farrell runner Jack McGarry of Morrison, Colo., is again pre-entered. And there are additional entrants representing Texas and California.

The Triple Crown series is sponsored by SITRAC (Staten Island Track Running and Community). Jeff’s Run, on Father’s Day, and the Arielle Newman Run (formerly the Pepper Martin), on the Fourth of July, complete the series.

Last year’s overall crown winners were ex-Tottenville runners John Pollina and Victoria Pontecorvo, but they are not yet entered in Monday’s big race.

As always, there are surprise entrants.

Panisse, a schoolgirl star, stopped by last year, and demolished a good field. And every top male runner will be looking for Mike Cassidy or Jeff Brannigan to make an appearance.

For those who do not choose to run, there’s a fitness walk, with all entrants receiving the commemorative T-shirt. 

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Runners who wish to register may enter Monday from 7-8:30 a.m. at the starting line — Capodanno entrance to Miller Field. Race-day entry fee is $30. 

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