Each spring, over the last dozen years, on the first weekend in June, the footsteps of hundereds of runners can be heard running through the streets of Miller Place, New York, a little village on Long Island’s north shore.
The Joe Keany race is a testament to the hard work and community spirit of many volunteers, who have as their goal, helping to raise funds for their children’s education.
Joe Keany was a standout cross-country athlete, and a 1986 Miller Place graduate who passed away in 1995 at a young age. He was also a member of the School Championship cross-country team of 1984, and still holds some school records.
Joe was also a close friend and running partner of the race rounder, a local attorney. As a result, his law firm, Rappaport, Glass, Greene & Levine, LLP, became the lead supporter.
Few races last this long. The NYC Marathon, Cow Harbor and the Shelter Island race come to mind. But with the strong continued support of the community, the race should endure for many years to come.