No waffling in this race
Runners line up for the race.

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No waffling in this race

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
7/25/2019


SAYVILLE—Last Saturday was one of the hottest days on record, with a heat index well over 100 degrees. However, that didn’t stop determined runners and walkers from taking part in a good cause. The 22nd annual fundraising event for the care and cure of cystic fibrosis, which was renamed Waffle CF Run and Walk, took off without a hitch, sending 325 participants through the streets of the hamlet. The race began and ended at the Long Island Maritime Museum, where participants enjoyed a hearty meal at the completion of the race—which, of course, includes waffles—and was donated by Land’s End caterers.

“We pulled off the race [despite] the heat wave,” said the event’s founder and proprietor, Mark Casaburi of At Your Service, a staffing company that is a sponsor of the race.

In the 22 years this event has taken place, it has raised over $220,000 for CF research and treatment. CF is a genetic, life-threatening condition that affects the normal function of lungs and the digestive system in around 30,000 children and adults in the United States and 70,000 worldwide. About 1,000 new cases of CF are recorded in this country every year and most are diagnosed by the age of 2.

Casaburi said the number of race participants this year was indeed down from previous years, but he wasn’t fazed by the slightly lower numbers. “It was really good considering it was a heat emergency,” he added.

“We had plenty of water and ice packs and a water station on each mile marker,” Casaburi said. He noted that Suffolk County Police and EMS were also standing by to assist if needed. “This event really took a village. And such a wonderful Sayville village.”