At 7 p.m. on July 28, a group of 43 BNLers met at Jones Beach State Park to enter the Marcum & Kliegman Workplace Challenge, Long Island’s largest participatory event. The night kicked off with a 3.5 mile run/walk, followed by a beach picnic under tents, lit by sunset and stars. The challenge is held annually to provide a venue for Long Island businesses to hold a company picnic and have their employees meet with other Long Island employees in relaxed, informal circumstances.
This year, more than 6,000 participants, representing staff from almost 200 businesses, non-profits, and governmental agencies from Nassau and Suffolk Counties, attended the event, which is open to employees, their families and friends. Each runner pays a $20 registration fee, and Marcum & Kliegman donates any money that exceeds expenses to the Children’s Medical Fund and Skills Unlimited.
BNLers attend through the BERA Running and Cycling Club, which pays for the BNL tent. This year’s group was captained by Paul Geiger and Mike Mapes, who led 43 participants in a total of 11 teams. Betty Elder undertook the adminstrative coordination and with a team of volunteers, ensured a great picnic after the run. The men’s team of Drew Dillingham, Terry Sullivan, and Mike Mapes finished second out of 103 teams in their category with a combined time of 1:03:09. Drew Dillingham also placed third overall in the men’s race with a time of 18:49. The mixed team of Dave Harder, Anthony Kuczewski, Betty Elder, and Caitlin Chapin finished sixth out of 53 teams in their category, with a combined time of 1:46:11. The “movers and shakers” of the evening thank all who participated and are already looking forward to the Jones Beach event of next year.
2009-1396 INT/EXT | Media & Communications Office