June 10th, 2012 – Making Tracks for Celiacs has a history over 10 years old, with success in each area they have reached out to. This past Sunday, June 10th, in Oyster Bay, NY was no different. For the very first time, the Making Tracks for Celiacs 5k, a staple event at the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland teamed up with the Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation and the event was brought to Long Island, NY. The day was one filled with sunshine and music, and the event itself saw over 200 in attendance in its very first year!

Attendees were treated to Starbucks and gluten-free snacks early on as they prepared to hit the roads for the 5k portion of the event. Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation founder Craig Pinto fired the gun to signal the start of the event, as some participants took off at lightning speed, while others enjoyed the beautiful walk around some of the North Shore’s nicest, most scenic areas.

Setting the course record and finishing first overall on the day was Andrew Coelho, with an impressive time of 16:40. For the women, Sue Montefusco set the pace, crossing the finish line in 22:09. Participants ranged in ages from 5 years old to 72 years young, and medals were given out in four different categories. Teens, Twenties, Thirties, and Forty and over, for both male and female participants. Qualifiers were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals.

Upon completion, everyone was treated to a vendor and snack fair, with a park full of gluten-free foods for everyone to enjoy waiting for them. Attendees had the chance to enjoy fresh baked goods provided by Alyssa’s Gluten-Free Baked Goods and Bare Naked Bakery, and samples from El’s Gluten-Free Snacks, Udi’s, Pamela’s Products, Enjoy Life,, SoyJoy, GoPicnic, and Little Soya. Bottled waters for the day were graciously donated by Whole Foods, music played by DJ Repeat kept everyone entertained, and Starbucks remained on site to offer ice cold drinks to everyone spending the day at Theodore Roosevelt Park in Oyster Bay.

“Being that this was my first experience putting a 5k event together, I kept my goals modest”, said Craig Pinto. “By the end of the day”, he added, “seeing how many people enjoyed themselves, enjoyed the course, and then had a chance to relax and enjoy their surroundings, it really made me appreciate how a small event like this can still impact so many different people, and put a smile on so many faces. I can’t wait to do it again!”. The Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation is now looking forward to its 2nd Annual Charity Golf Outing to be held this September 24th at Engineers Country Club in Roslyn Harbor, NY. For information on how to participate as a sponsor, golfer, or volunteer, please email


Making Tracks for Celiacs 2012 5k Results


Teenage Division – Male                   Twenties Division – Male           Thirties Division – Male     

Gold – Rob Parker, 27:19                      Gold – Andrew Coelho, 16:40         Gold – Peter Bronski, 21:11

Silver – Zack Westermann, 28:25         Silver – Kenneth King, 20:47           Silver – Kevin Harrison, 21:46

Bronze – John Haslbauer, 28:47           Bronze – Peter Wallace, 26:11        Bronze – Chris McGrath, 21:52

Forty & Over Division – Male

Gold – Eddie Reagan, 19:16

Silver – Daniel Gallagher, 24:08

Bronze – Theodore Zois, 24:30


Teenage Division – Female        Twenties Division – Female         Thirties Division – Female     

Gold – Clara Walker, 22:42              Gold – Sue Montefusco, 22:09        Gold – Tricia Dowd, 30:00

Silver – Allison Garippa, 36:49         Silver – Lindsey Schnitt, 28:21         Silver – Kristen Bowers, 30:11

Bronze – Roisin Kyne, 37:35           Bronze – Melissa Coelho, 28:50     Bronze – Maureen Thompson, 30:49

Forty & Over Division-Female

Gold – Maria Ehlinger, 27:16

Silver – Michelle Gatto, 28:41

Bronze – Sasha Wade, 28:44

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