One of the community’s longest running events, the “Get to the ‘Point!” 5K Run, returned to Driggs Avenue this past Sunday, October 14th.
Now in its 20th year, the approximately 3.1 mile race raised money for its primary producer, the St. Stan’s Athletic League, and new fundraising partner, the St. Stan’s Academy. More than 500 racers consisting mainly of families and alum, dating back as far as 40 years, laced up to benefit the approximately 200 kids that are part of each program.
At press time, “Get to the ‘Point!” had generated around $5,000 from registration fees and through sponsors such as St. Joseph’s College, Metro Fuel Oil Corporation, St. Aloysius YMCC and the Greenpoint Y.
“[Academy Principal] Chris[tine Cieloszczyk] and I work very closely together to make sure that the kids not only have a place to play, but more importantly, to learn, develop Catholic values and turnout all-around good kids,” said Academy President Frank Carbone, who founded the Athletic League in 1989. “I think we’ve accomplished that objective.”
Now in its third year as an Academy, St. Stan’s is Greenpoint’s last remaining Catholic school. Diminished funding and reduced enrollment stemming from the substantial demographic shift in the community have forced the others to close.
The competitors at “Get to the ‘Point” didn’t seem concerned about loftier issues, however. They just wanted to win. The overall men’s winner was Alexander Arslan with a time of 15:40 and Mickey Davis took the overall women’s title finishing in 18:09.