Over 400 dedicated runners registered for the East Islip Athletic Booster Club’s Redmen 5K Run/Walk at Heckscher State Park on November 13. Coming on the heels of the Booster Club's Red and White Gala dinner at Timber Point Country Club last Friday evening, the race helped the organization raise $15,000 to benefit East Islip Middle School's spring sports program.  

The top finisher on this crisp, lovely fall morning was Thomas Meehon of Mastic Beach. The 15-year-old ran the course in 18:02.3, just a couple of seconds ahead of Oakdale’s Marcus Love. The top female finisher was Kate McGrath, also of Oakdale, who finished with a time of 20:07. East Islip’s Athletic Director Steven Restivo ended up 59th overall with a time of 25:15.8, while East Islip Middle School Principal Mark Bernard ran 27:35.4 for a 98th-place finish.