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Cow Harbor 10K Could Draw Biggest Herd Ever 

Four-time defending champion Mo Traffeh is looking to make it five straight.

The largest group of runners ever could be hoofing it for running glory once again when the 36th annual Great Cow Harbor 10K takes to the streets of Northport Sept. 21.

Race Director Rich Boziwick said last week that as many as 5,600 runners could participate in this year’s event, which would eclipse a peak in the “low 5,500s” set about three years ago.

“This could be the largest one we have had,” he said.

As the clock strikes 8:30 a.m. sharp next Saturday, the first of 15 waves of 10K runners will begin their trek through Northport, a new wave beginning the race every minute. The last group – a wave of 2K Fun Run/Walk participants, will compete to raise money for the Special Olympics New York, the Northport VA Hospital and the local food pantry.

Among the massive field will be the men’s and women’s defending champions. Mo Trafeh will compete for an unprecedented fifth straight Cow Harbor crown, while Alisha Williams will attempt to defend her title.

The presence of elite athletes from across the county competing for the Cow Harbor title is one of several factors that makes the race a national draw, Boziwick explains.

“The unique course, the fact that it’s probably very accessible, Long Island-wise, from everywhere, and it’s our 36th year – it’s got longevity,” he said.

The creature comforts aren’t bad, either, and the next day, Sunday, Sept. 22, is the annual Village of Northport Cow Harbor Day festival and parade.

“It’s a race that has a lot of amenities to it… The fact that we have some real nice giveaways – everybody looks forward to that,” Boziwick said.

Some new tighter security measures will be included in this year’s race. The most obvious will be new restrictions on bags on race day. Only clear plastic bags can be brought into the starting area near the William J. Brosnan School or be put on the UPS baggage trucks.

“With that in mind… goodie bags [provided by title sponsor Capital One Bank] will be in a very nice plastic drawstring bag that you can use on Saturday morning,” Boziwick said. “The majority of our runners do pick up their numbers and the goodie bag on Friday night, so we are recommending highly that they use that bag to bring on to the starting line and the UPS truck.”

Shuttle bus service will be available continuously on race day from 6:45-7:45 a.m., which will take participants from Northport High School to registration and the starting line. Organizers suggest that returning runners arrive at least 15 minutes earlier than in previous years.

The final day to sign up for the race is Thursday, Sept. 19. For more information or to register for the race, visit www.cowharborrace.com.

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