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On behalf of the Gwen L. Kosinski Foundation, benefiting brain tumor research, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Village of Sag Harbor, and all the sponsors, volunteers, and race participants of lthe recent 5th anniversary Minds Over Matter Sag Harbor 5K.

With 529 runners at the line and more than 150 volunteers, there is chatter of us being the third largest 5K on Long Island. This phenomenal group included four brain tumor survivors, and Bob Conneely, 25-year high-grade brain tumor survivor and original founder of Minds Over Matter. And to think that approximately 100 preregistered racers did not show due most likely to inclement weather Friday evening. Wow, what a turnout.

We should all feel like running up the stairs of John Jermain Library pumping our fists in the air singing “The Eye of the Tiger.” Also, thank you for taking part in our big family moment, the exciting marriage proposal of my brother Jack Kosinski to his bride to be, DanaRose Rufino. What a special touch to an already fantastic day. And boy, did they feel like town celebrities for the rest of the weekend.

This race has become a real grass roots community event that continues to grow in numbers and spirit each year. Raising continued awareness for brain tumor patients and their families is a footrace GLKF runs every day. It takes an army to pull off this event and my family and GLKF could not do it without the ongoing support and generosity of the time and money from the community.

Total donations raised as of May 11 was approximately $18,000. I anticipate a net of over $20,000 when all final donations are counted. In addition, I would like to sincerely apologize for the unanticipated runner timing issue that occurred during Saturday’s race. You can now view results at www.results.island-timing.com/08mom5k.html. Any runner who felt discontent at not having their race time available on Saturday, the GLK Foundation is willing to refund your race registration fee. For reimbursement please send your request via e-mail to mom5k@glkfoundation.org. Medal winners will be receiving their prizes as soon as possible, once age group winners can be organized. Thank you again for your understanding in this matter and for all you do to make this race a great success.

JAIME KOSINSKIPresidentThe Gwen L. Kosinski Foundation

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