CCE-NC Executive Director, Laura Hunsberger, an experienced triathlete and Ironman finisher (Lake Placid 2008) has agreed to be featured in an online series documenting her training for the event to be titled “Rebel With a Cause: The Survival Run Diary.” Laura’
Native Long Islanders and Survival Race organizers, Dean del Prete and James Villepigue, have produced similar events throughout the U.S., with throngs of race supporters on the internet. Competitors have already begun to fill up the race day roster, where up to 300 racers will compete in each of nine separate chip-timed waves. The fall 2012 mud run race circuit currently includes stops in Toledo, Ohio and Dallas, Texas, following the Riverhead, NY race. According to del Prete, registrations are already pouring in locally and from off-island locations. Dean said, “as a long-time member of this community, it feels great to have an opportunity to bring this special event to the people of Long Island. We proudly provide a safe, friendly, and family-oriented atmosphere that really puts the fun in fund-raising, especially for such a deserving non-profit as Nassau Cooperative Extension. We’re proud to be able to make a positive impact in our hometown.” Villepigue, author of 26 popular health and fitness books, added, “Nassau Extension shares our values and is committed to reducing obesity on Long Island, so it was a natural fit. We’re looking forward to putting Laura through the paces and getting her race ready.” Villepigue quipped, “Long Island is famous for growing potatoes, but we don’t want that to include couch potatoes.”
Race organizers are expecting close to 3,000 competitors for the all-day event at 3186 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, New York 11901. The first race wave begins at 9:00 a.m., and a variety of sponsors and vendors, and family-oriented entertainment, will add to the festive race atmosphere throughout the day. Local businesses have begun to seek out sponsorship opportunities, and some are still available, according to Hunsberger.
CCE-NC is committed to building healthy lifestyles and healthy communities by conducting educational programs that connect Cornell University resources to community needs for all people in the county. CCE-NC is an educational subordinate governmental agency association that provides research-based information and educational programs designed to build strong and vibrant communities. CCE-NC has been educating and disseminating information since 1914, through funding and resources provided by Nassau County, New York State (through Cornell University), USDA, a variety grant partnerships, and direct financial support from generous donors who support our mission.
The Survival Race is the original family-focused 5K, obstacle course and mud run, designed to get you out and get you dirty, and test your own limits in a fun, healthy, exciting adventure. Whether an experienced runner or couch potato, you will be among friends in this epic event. We’re committed to conquering obesity one family at a time, one step at a time.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County
Ms. Dionne Marshak
5 Old Jericho Turnpike
Jericho, NY 11753
The Survival Race
Dean del Prete
3080 Rt. 112
Medford, New York 11763