Runners hit the streets for 16th annual Robbie's Run


Hundreds of runners flocked to Merrick this weekend to take part in the 16th Annual Robbie’s Run on May 21. The morning featured a traditional 5K race, as well as a 1-mile mini run and a half-mile children’s fun run.

The event serves a great day to run, walk and enjoy food and various forms of entertainment, but it also serves a very important purpose — to raise money and awareness for Forever 9-The Robbie Levine Foundation.

Founded by Jill and Craig Levine in 2006, it honors their son, Robbie Levine, who died suddenly at the age of 9, when his heart stopped while he was running the bases during a Little League team practice in September 2005.

The foundation offers CPR and Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, courses annually, and educates on the importance of having AEDS in treating sudden cardiac arrest, with a special focus on children.

The run is the foundation’s major, annual fundraiser, and takes place in the streets of South Merrick, with Norman J. Levy Lakeside School’s parking lot serving as the finish line.

After runners finished the race, they were greeted by volunteers who provided them with food and beverages. Music, entertainment and a ceremony followed, with awards being given to the top finishers in 5-year age groups.