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    Westbury's Joe King, Lead Sponsor of Wheelchair Championship Race /Bethpage's jbussani, inc. to Sponsor Wheelchair Championship Race

    Bethpage's jbussani, inc. to Sponsor Wheelchair Championship Race
    jbusanni, inc., located on Central Avenue in Bethpage, has signed on once again to be a major contributing sponsor of the 12th annual Nick Katsounis Memorial 10 Kilometer Wheelchair Championship Race, which will be held on the Bethpage State Parkway on Sunday, June 29. The race will start and finish at Ellsworth Allen Town Park in Farmingdale.


    Daniel J. Bussani, production manager of jbussani, inc. (right) is all smiles as he announces his continuing support for the Race-to-Race Director Geri Walsh (center) and Assistant Race Director Joe Mendez.

    jbussani, inc. is a major vehicle conversion expert, specializing in providing accessible vehicles for the disabled. Their motto is "Where Mobility Comes First," and organizers of the Wheelchair Championship Race are thrilled to welcome them on board once again.

    The race is co-administered by the Town of Oyster Bay and its Department of Parks and Recreation and the Greater Long Island Running Club. GLIRC's Geraldine Walsh will serve as the director of the event once again this year.

    The Wheelchair Championship Race has really come into its own over the past several years, spearheaded by the participation of virtually every major wheelchair competitor from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and as far away as Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, and the Union of South Africa. The 2002 race was won by Mexican Paralympic Champion Saul Mendoza, who edged out Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa in a dramatic finish that saw only 20 seconds separating the top eleven finishers. The women's division featured another dramatic finish, with Australian superstar Louise Sauvage crossing the finish line only 3/10 of a second in front of United States Champion Chritina Ripp of the University of Illinois. Eight Long Island athletes joined the world's best in the 2002 race, with veteran racer Peter Hawkins of Malverne scoring a very creditable 21st place overall to take top Long Island honors. Jeffrey Fisher of Ohio won the special "race within a race" for veterans of the United States Armed Forces. All in all, this was one of the best fields of wheelchair athletes ever assembled for any race anywhere.

    With a major base to build on, the town and GLIRC expect the growth of the event to be nothing short of phenomenal in 2003 - as this race truly establishes itself as perhaps the most important assemblage of wheelchair athletes in the world. The race committee is pleased and proud to announce that this year's race will be the kickoff event of the new US Paralympics - America Series of wheelchair track and field and road racing events.

    However, even more to the point, the race serves a major vehicle for promoting and funding wheelchair sports here in the New York Metropolitan area for those who are not world class athletes. The key is to help local young people overcome their disabilities through wheelchair athletics, and the Wheelchair Championship 10 Kilometer Race has become a major source of support for achieving this important result.

    For more information, or to volunteer to help out on June 29, call the Greater Long Island Running Club at 349-7646.



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    Westbury's Joe King, Lead Sponsor of Wheelchair Championship Race

    Westbury's Joe King, Lead Sponsor of Wheelchair Championship Race
    Joe King of Westbury, the proprietor of Antun's Caterers of Queens Village, has signed on to be the lead sponsor of the 12th Annual Nick Katsounis Memorial Championship 10 Kilometer Race on Bethpage State Parkway and adjacent roads on Sunday, June 29. This will be the second year that King and Antun's will sponsor the race.


    Antun's Caterer's CEO Joe King and Banquet manager Lynn Wagg (left) are all smiles as they announce the support of Antun's to Race Director Geri Walsh (second from right) and Deputy Race Director Joe Mendez (right).

    The Wheelchair Championship Race has really come into its own over the past several years, spearheaded by the participation of virtually every major wheelchair competitor from the United States, Canada, Mexico and as far away as Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and the Union of South Africa. The 2002 Race was won by Mexican Paralympic Champion Saul Mendoza, who edged out Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa in a dramatic finish that saw only 20 seconds separating the top 11 finishers. The women's division featured another dramatic finish with Australian superstar Louise Sauvage crossing the finish line only 3/10 of a second in front of United States Champion Christina Ripp of the University of Illinois. Eight Long Island athletes joined the world's best in the 2002 race, with veteran racer Peter Hawkins of Malverne scoring a very creditable 21st place overall to take top Long Island honors. Jeffrey Fisher of Ohio won the special "race within a race" for veterans of the United States Armed Forces. All in all, this was one of the best fields of Wheelchair athletes ever assembled for any race anywhere!

    Even more to the point, the Nick Katsounis Memorial Race has become a major vehicle for promoting and funding wheelchair sports on Long Island for those who are not world class athletes. Race organizers are especially interested in helping some of the local young people overcome their disabilities through wheelchair athletics and the Wheelchair Championship 10 Kilometer Race has become a major source of support for achieving this important result.

    We are thrilled to have the support of Joe King and Antun's once again this year," stated Race Director Geri Walsh of the host Greater Long Island Running Club. "Joe is a wonderful human being and, thanks to his help, the 2003 edition of the race promises to be our best ever."



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