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Nehr wins battle of high school track coaches

High school track coaches Michael Nehr (Syosset girls team) and Bill Holl (Sachem boys), veterans of the local racing scene, were locked in a head-to-head duel in yesterday's half-marathon.

Nehr, 30, a past winner of the full marathon, began to pull away at five miles, but not by much, eventually finishing 30 seconds ahead of Holl, 24 - 1:12:35 to 1:13:05.

Nehr, of West Babylon, teaches special ed math and Holl, who lives in North Babylon, teaches physics. And though neither subject necessarily applies directly to road racing, their coaching aspect does. It wouldn't be good, Holl said, to demand that his team members do something he couldn't do.

Teacher wins

A local teacher also won the women's half-marathon. Jodie Schoppmann, 25, of Levittown, teaches elementary school band in the Herricks district.

Local medical corps

More than 60 volunteers wearing red "medic" T-shirts assisted Dr. Edward Fryman, the marathon's medical director, in monitoring the racers' health. The team included students from New York School of Podiatric Medicine and New York School of Osteopathic Medicine, the athletic training program at Stony Brook University, as well as physical therapists.

Therapist wins 10k

Speaking of physical therapists, women's 10-kilometer champion Heather Williams, 34, of Centerport, practices the occupation at Northport Physical Therapy. A former collegiate runner at Auburn, the Florida native is married to a Long Island native and was running in the "festival of races" for the first time.

Wheelchair winner

Winning the Long Island Marathon's wheelchair division for the 16th time, 45-year-old Peter Hawkins might be deserving of having the trophy retired by now - or having the trophy named after him. He declined. "You don't want my name attached to anything until you're dead."

Battle gear finish

Chris Delaney, 36, a Coast Guard reservist who ran the half-marathon in full battle gear to call attention to soldiers in battle, finished his race in 31/2 hours.

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