Thousands compete in L.I.’s biggest race


Runners wound their way through Central Nassau streets last weekend, as more than 7,000 took part in the Long Island Marathon events. The full marathon began in Uniondale and concluded in East Meadow’s Eisenhower Park.

William Schefer, 23, of Old Brookville, was the winner of the 26.2-mile marathon, completing the race in 2 hours and 31 minutes. Tara Farrell, 35, of East Quogue, was the first female finisher at 3 hours and 5 minutes.

Brandon Abasolo, 23, of Long Beach, won the half marathon, clocking in at 1 hour and 13 minutes. Tara Wilson, 37, of West Islip, ran the race in 1 hour and 26 minutes, tops among women.

Seven East Meadow runners ran the full marathon, the top finisher being Fillipo Pannella, 54, at 4 hours and 12 minutes. The top local half marathoner was Sean Tedesco, 38, at 1 hour and 26 minutes, finishing 37th overall among men. Jillian Bauza Buglione finished in 1 hour and 37 minutes, 27th among women.

Top marathon finishers