Category Archives: summer track


Ryan Clifford is an ultramarathon runner. A short distance for him is a 31.07 miles also known as a 50K. But he took a shorter 26.2 mile marathon on for just the 2nd time – and won 14 minutes ahead of the 2nd place runner.

Newsday mentioned that Ryan ran distance events for MacArthur High School in Levittown, and Mansfield University.  


2023 Mile Grand Prix Races


Bellmore / Merrick PAL track team has a Grand Prix during the Spring and Summer Seasons. There are 5 mile races in the Grand Prix. The athlete needs to run 3 of the 5 races to be eligible.

Our first race was the Bellmore Striders July 4th race.

Arianna Lettieri was the first female, 12 years and under with a time of 8:09.7

Livia Mikelhashvili was third in the same age group with a time of 8:34.6

Thomas Howe was the 3rd male in the 12 and under age group with a time of 7:04.3

Some of our older athletes ran the 4 mile race.

2022 Bellmore Striders July 4th mile

Once again Bellmore-N.Bellmore/Merrick PAL Track team was well represented at the annual July 4th Youth mile race hosted by the Bellmore Striders.

Athletes under 13 ran 1 mile.

Athletes 13 and over ran 4 miles.

Bellmore athletes did an awesome job! Congratulations guys! As always you did your coaches proud! See link below for pictures…

bellmore pal mile

Coaches Charlie, Rob and a Mepham HS senior, another PAL alumnus giving back to the program as she helps out at practices

It was a hot and humid morning at 9:30 to run a mile race, but our athletes did their best to get to the finish line.

It was a nice friendly atmosphere with athletes, coaches and parents running this race together. No one “letting anyone win”, each runner, parents and coaches included, had to work for their place at the finish.

Lucas 6:18; Casey 7:08; Ryan 7:52; Lilliana 8:06; Nathan 8:10; Collin 8:33; Natalie 9:17; Mia 11:27

The final race of the Bellmore-N.Bellmore/Merrick PAL track team Grand Prix will be on Saturday, Sept 4 in Farmingdale.

Last one guys, make it the best ever!!

Moonlight mile

This is the 3rd mile race of the season for our athletes – 2 more to go! Yay!

The race started in waves from 6:30 in Newbridge Road Park. Two of our athletes were in the 1st wave and did us extremely proud like all of our athletes regardless of their wave. Again many of them improved on their time. At this race we were joined by 2 of our alumni – John Schwab and John Schmuck who were 1st and 2nd overall.

Another enjoyable evening of racing, friendship, camaraderie and after race snacks. It was awesome to hear the older and more experienced runners encouraging these young athletes!

Lucas 5:58; Casey 6:47; Ryan 7:23; Nathan 8:00; Collin 8:13; Layla 9:18; Natalie 9:20

What a great job guys! Showing off the results of your hard work at practice.

Layla, Ryan, Casey, Lucas, Nathan, Collin and Natalie after the Moonlight Mile in Newbridge Road Park

Next race is the Bellmore PAL Mile at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford on Saturday, August 21.