South shore duo Tim Steiskal and Jonathan Toro placed second and third overall, respectively, in the inaugural Mardi Gras Run to the Great South Bay Brewery on February 11. Brookhaven’s Steiskal claimed the runner-up spot behind New York City’s Brent Frissora, completing the 7.1-mile course in 42 minutes and 53 seconds. Toro, from Mastic, was not far behind his south-shore counterpart, finishing in 43 minutes and two seconds.
The men finished at the top of a 1,000-person field. Runners braved the morning downpour with the promise of all-you-can-eat food and all-you-can-safely-drink Great South Bay Brewery beer awaiting them at the brewery.
The indoor after-party also included a Mardi Gras themed costume contest, raffle prizes, and live band. Steiskal, and the other top three overall and masters runners, aptly received Great South Bay Brewery beer steins as awards. Every entrant received a high-quality event shirt and finisher’s medal.
The race, co-hosted by the Great South Bay Brewing Company and the Greater Long Island Running Club, benefited the Morgan Center. The Center, located in Brightwaters, gives young children with cancer the opportunity to interact and socialize in a safe environment that stimulates cognitive and social development. Children on chemotherapy treatment have a suppressed immune system, and could otherwise risk infection and serious illness by attending typical age-appropriate preschool program.