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2018 Long Island Marathon weekend

The 2018 Long Island Marathon weekend is taking place at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, with lead-up events on Saturday, followed by the marathon and other races on Sunday. Here are some highlights.

Peter Gagliardo of Tenafly, N.J., wins the hand
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Peter Gagliardo, of Tenafly, New Jersey, wins the hand-crank wheechair full marathon on Sunday in Eisenhower Park.

Gabrielle Russo of Patchogue, first place in the
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Gabrielle Russo, of Patchogue, wins the women's full marathon on Sunday in Eisenhower Park.

Thomas Rammelkamp formerly of Miller Place, winner of
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Thomas Rammelkamp, formerly of Miller Place, wins the men's full marathon on Sunday in Eisenhower Park.

Leina Peterson, 17 from New Jersey decided to
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Leina Peterson, 17, of New Jersey, decided to dress as Supergirl for her first Long Island Marathon on Sunday. She said she was inspired to run because she wants to "push herself further." 

Jill Mahon of Patchogue cheers on her boyfriend
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Jill Mahon of Patchogue cheers on her boyfriend Dave Ludin with this cute sign. "He’s doing great," she said Sunday during the Long Island Marathon.

Marathoners run beneath the Sunrise Highway underpass on
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Participants run through the Sunrise Highway underpass on Wantagh Parkway during the Long Island Marathon on Sunday.

Galo Vasquez of Westchester takes first place in
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Galo Vasquez, of Westchester, finishes first in the men's half-marathon on Sunday in Eisenhower Park.

Marathoners run beneath the Sunrise Highway underpass as
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Participants run through the Sunrise Highway underpass as they proceed north on Wantagh Parkway during the Long Island Marathon on Sunday.

Aileen Barry of Manhasset takes first place in
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Aileen Barry, of Manhasset, places first in the women's half-marathon on Sunday in Eisenhower Park.

“Why did the chicken cross the road,” asks
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"Why did the chicken cross the road?" asks this dude as he crosses the finish line at the Long Island Marathon on Sunday.

James Rong, 57, a member of the NYC-based
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James Rong, 57, a member of the NYC-based group The Misty Mountain Runners, is running the Long Island Marathon for the first time.

Petrus Cesarion of Westbury, winner of the men's
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Petrus Cesarion of Westbury, winner of the men's 10K on Sunday, in Eisenhower Park.

Many participants were thumbs up and all smiles
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A runner sporting a tiara competes in the Long Island Marathon on Sunday.

Kelly Perno-Grosser of Seaford takes first place in
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Kelly Perno-Grosser of Seaford, finishes first in the women's 10K on Sunday in Eisenhower Park.

Jill Mahon of Patchogue offers encouragement to runners
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Jill Mahon, of Patchogue, encourages runners as they head through the Sunrise Highway underpass on Wantagh Parkway during the Long Island Marathon on Sunday.

A runner makes her way south on Wantagh
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A runner makes her way south on Wantagh Parkway near Sunrise Highway during the Long Island Marathon on Sunday.

Many participants were thumbs up and all smiles
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A runner carries an American flag during the Long Island Marathon on Sunday.

Many participants were thumbs up and all smiles
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Many participants were thumbs up and all smiles during the Long Island Marathon on Sunday.

Many participants were thumbs up and all smiles
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This runner wore pink for his mother during the Long Island Marathon on Sunday.

Many participants were thumbs up and all smiles
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A runner gives two thumbs up during the Long Island Marathon on Sunday.

Many participants were thumbs up and all smiles
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Thousands participated in the Long Island Marathon and related races on Sunday.

Many participants were thumbs up and all smiles
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Thousands participated in the Long Island Marathon races on Sunday.

Members of the Long Beach Seaside Marching Band
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Members of the Long Beach Seaside Marching Band played before and during the Long Island Marathon on Sunday.

Many participants were thumbs up and all smiles
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A runner gives two thumbs up during the Long Island Marathon on Sunday.

The Long Island Marathon gets underway as runners
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The Long Island Marathon gets underway as runners head west on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Uniondale on Sunday.

Many participants were thumbs up and all smiles
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One runner channeled her inner Rosie the Riveter during the Long Island Marathon on Sunday.

Many participants were thumbs up and all smiles
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Many participants were thumbs up and all smiles during the Long Island Marathon on Sunday.

The start of the Long Island Marathon Sunday
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The start of the Long Island Marathon Sunday near NYCB Live’'s Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale.

Wheelchair athlete Peter Hawkins starts the Long Island
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Wheelchair athlete Peter Hawkins starts the Long Island Marathon as he heads west on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Uniondale on Sunday.

Participants in the Long Island Marathon line up
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Participants in the Long Island Marathon line up behind the starting line on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Uniondale on Sunday.

Chrissy Miloscia participates in the inaugural 1-mile race
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Chrissy Miloscia participates in the inaugural 1-mile race as part of Long Island Marathon Weekend at Eisenhower Park on Saturday. She and family members ran to honor the memory of her brother, Thomas Matthew Miloscia, who died of an aggressive form of cancer in October 2015 at the age of 18. The Thomas Matthew Miloscia Foundation has since been founded in order to support families with members battling the illness.

Chrissy Miloscia participates in the inaugural 1-mile race
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Chrissy Miloscia participates in the inaugural 1-mile race as part of Long Island Marathon Weekend at Eisenhower Park on Saturday. She and family members ran to honor the memory of her brother, Thomas Matthew Miloscia, who died of an aggressive form of cancer in October 2015 at the age of 18. The Thomas Matthew Miloscia Foundation has since been founded in order to support families with members battling the illness.

Bella Miloscia participates in the inaugural 1-mile race
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Bella Miloscia participates in the inaugural 1-mile race as part of Long Island Marathon Weekend at Eisenhower Park on Saturday. She and family members ran to honor the memory of her brother, Thomas Matthew Miloscia, who died of an aggressive form of cancer in October 2015 at the age of 18. The Thomas Matthew Miloscia Foundation has since been founded in order to support families with members battling the illness.

Joe Miloscia participates in the inaugural 1-mile race
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Joe Miloscia participates in the inaugural 1-mile race as part of Long Island Marathon Weekend at Eisenhower Park on Saturday. He and family members ran to honor the memory of his son, Thomas Matthew Miloscia, who died of an aggressive form of cancer in October 2015 at the age of 18. The Thomas Matthew Miloscia Foundation has since been founded in order to support families with members battling the illness.

Joe Miloscia poses for a portrait along with
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Joe Miloscia with daughters Bella, left, and Chrissy after the three participated in the inaugural 1-mile race as part of Long Island Marathon Weekend at Eisenhower Park on Saturday. The trio ran to honor the memory of Joe Miloscia's son, Thomas Matthew Miloscia, who died of an aggressive form of cancer in October 2015 at the age of 18. The Thomas Matthew Miloscia Foundation has since been founded in order to support families with members battling the illness.

Henrik Kollmeier, 10, of Farmingdale, left, races toward
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Henrik Kollmeier, 10, of Farmingdale, left, races toward the 5K race finish line with his father Karsten Kollmeier, 44, center, and Jack Manzino, 16, of Dayton, New Jersey, during Long Island Marathon Weekend at Eisenhower Park on Saturday.

Jessica Petrina, 36, of Selden wins the 5K
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Jessica Petrina crosses the finish lie as the top women's finisher of the 5K race during Long Island Marathon Weekend at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Saturday.

Trent Hampton, 39, of Ronkonkoma smiles as he
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Trent Hampton, 39, of Ronkonkoma ,pushes toward a third-place finish in the 5K race.

Anthony Diaz, 14, of Farmingdale wins the 5K
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Anthony Diaz, 14, of Farmingdale, wins the 5K race.

Alison Briggs, 20, of Commack crosses the finish
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Alison Briggs, 20, of Commack crosses the finish line as the top women's finisher in the inaugural 1-mile race.

Peter Notarnicola, 23, of Massapequa reacts after winning
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Peter Notarnicola, 23, of Massapequa, wins the inaugural 1-mile race.

Jason Ramirez, 44, of Wantagh runs to a
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Jason Ramirez, 44, of Wantagh, runs to a third-place finish in the inaugural 1-mile race.

Joe Meyer, 33, of Central Islip runs to
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Joe Meyer, 33, of Central Islip runs to a second-place finish in the inaugural 1-mile race.

Long Island Marathon Weekend's inaugural 1-mile race gets
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Long Island Marathon Weekend's inaugural 1-mile race gets underway at Eisenhower Park on Saturday.

Long Island Marathon Weekend's inaugural 1-mile race gets
Credit: James Escher

Long Island Marathon Weekend's inaugural 1-mile race gets underway.

Children compete in the the Kids Mini Marathon
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Children compete in the Kids Mini Marathon in Eisenhower Park's Safety Town during Long Island Marathon Weekend festivities on Saturday.

Children get ready to compete in the the
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Children get ready to compete in the Kids Mini Marathon in Eisenhower Park's Safety Town.

Emma Bosman, 5, of Massapequa Park has fun
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Emma Bosman, 5, of Massapequa Park, has fun on an inflatable obstacle course during Long Island Marathon Weekend festivities at Eisenhower Park on Saturday.

Mia DelVecchio, 6, of Massapequa Park has fun
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Mia DelVecchio, 6, of Massapequa Park, enjoys an inflatable obstacle course.

Children compete in the the Kids Mini Marathon
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Children compete in the Kids Mini Marathon in Eisenhower Park's Safety Town.

Children compete in the the Kids Mini Marathon
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Children compete in the Kids Mini Marathon.

Long Island Marathon runners saw an increase everywhere
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Long Island Marathon runners saw an increase in secruity from New York State Troopers, and Nassau County Police, as well as plenty of first aid help.

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