College Point Road Runners Club Honors 9/11 Hero
On Saturday, June 7, more than 200 runners participated in a 5K race at MacNeil Park to honor the memory of Firefighter Michael Elferis, who lost his life at the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Brian McLoughlin, coordinator of this year's memorial race and a close friend of Elferis, thanked the College Point Runners Club for its efforts in helping to keep the firefighter's memory alive.
City Councilmember Tony Avella and state Senator Frank Padavan were on hand to encourage the runners.
The overall winner with the best time was Jorge Eliecer, an Elmhurst resident who runs for the College Point Runner's Club. In 2004 Eliecer came in 26th place in the New York Marathon.
First place honors for the women went to 15-year-old Anagely Flores. The third place trophy went to Levena Benson, a 34-year-old Ozone Park resident.
Winners in the Kids race were Nicole Schnabel, an 11-year-old Woodside resident, Max Andrade, a 12-year-old student at I.S 125, Sunnyside who resides in Woodside and 15-year-old Christian Hernandez, a resident of East Elmhurst.