10/23/18 2:00pm

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Fans and athletes of all ages were at the 19th annual Shelter Island 5K race, which raises money for research to fight cancers that affect women.

If you were running or walking in the1 9th annual Shelter Island 5K on October 20 it was a perfect weather day as early morning rain stopped well before the race began. The sun even peaked through, making it, perhaps, a bit too warm at moments for the traditional Island event that raises money for research to end breast cancer and other women’s cancers. (more…)

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REPORTER FILE PHOTO Townsend ‘Towny’ Montant received a plaque from Race Director Mary Ellen Adipietro at the 2016 5K for sponsoring the largest group of runners, outdistancing the perennial winners from Eastern Long Island Hospital. In the background in Dr. Frank Adipietro, the ‘voice’ of the Island’s 5K event.

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Townsend ‘Towny’ Montant received a plaque from Race Director Mary Ellen Adipietro at the 2016 5K for sponsoring the largest group of runners, outdistancing the perennial winners from Eastern Long Island Hospital. In the background in Dr. Frank Adipietro, the ‘voice’ of the Island’s 5K event.

When participants step off in the Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk Saturday, it will be with the excitement and camaraderie that always marks this event. But it will also be with special memories of those who have succumbed to cancer. (more…)

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10/20/15 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Breast cancer survivor Honore Cavaco of Wading River with her son, John, 9 and daughter, also named Honore, before the start of the Shelter Island 5v K Run?Walk Saturday. the Cavaco family were among the almost 600 people registered for the race.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Breast cancer survivor Honore Cavaco of Wading River with her son, John, 9, and daughter, also named Honore, 13, before the start of the Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk Saturday. The Cavaco family were among the almost 600 people registered for the race.

Some were cancer survivors. Others were relatives or friends of those who had either survived or lost their battles to cancer. Still others participated in Saturday’s Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk just because they wanted to do their part to raise money for organizations dedicated to providing services to improve women’s health.

Under a sunny sky, and despite winds whipping the racers at some points along the course, most pronounced it a perfect day for running. (more…)

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10/15/15 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Over the years, Linda Zavatto has been one of the most productive fundraisers for the Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk dedicated to women’s health.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Over the years, Linda Zavatto has been one of the most productive fundraisers for the Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk dedicated to women’s health.

Linda Zavatto has written a letter every fall for the past 13 years and sent it to virtually everyone she knows.

At its heart, the letter is about her mother, Virginia Zavatto, who died of breast cancer 25 years ago when she was only 60.

Unafraid to ask tough questions, over the years Linda has become really good at asking this one: “Will you help me honor my mother and all the other brave women like her with your support?”

Organized, outgoing and resourceful, Linda raises funds for the Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital, the North Fork Breast Health Coalition and Lucia’s Angels, three local organizations that provide services and support for families affected by breast cancer. (more…)

10/15/15 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Louise O’Regan Clark, the fastest power walker and cancer survivor at the 2014 5K. Diagnosed in November 2013, Ms. O’Regan Clark has been the fastest walker in the 5K for nine years.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Louise O’Regan Clark, the fastest power walker and cancer survivor at the 2014 5K. Diagnosed in November 2013, Ms. O’Regan Clark has been the fastest walker in the 5K for nine years.

Who will win Shelter Island’s 16th annual 5K Run/Walk this coming Saturday?

Here’s something that’s more than a hunch — a guarantee that the clear winners will be nonprofit organizations battling breast cancer. (more…)