About The Race

About Me

My name is Justin Rockitter and I am a sophomore at Binghamton University. I founded this race in 2014 as a junior in high school in honor of my Grandma Sue. I was only 7 years old when my grandma passed from Pancreatic Cancer but she had such a strong impact on me and my family and I have many fond memories of being with her including going to Zach's Bay early in the morning to find Horshoe Crabs. She loved nature and was extremely caring. The more years I direct this event, the more people come up to me and tell me the influence my grandma had on them. Being so young when she passed, I did not have much I could do to honor her. But when I was 16 and an avid Cross Country and Track runner, I decided to found the Purple Ribbon Run in her honor. Ever since, we have raised over $15,000 for the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer research.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

1/2 Mile Fun Run 8:00 a.m.

5K Run/Walk 8:30 a.m.

Packet Pickup: Friday, July 21, 2017: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm at The Runner's Edge, 242 Main Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735 (Registration also available here)

Race Location: Forest Lake Elementary School, 3100 Beltagh Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793

Fun Run Fees

$6.00 if postmarked by July 16, 2017, 

$8.00 if postmarked after July 16, 2017 and day of race

5K Run/ Walk Fees

$22.00 if postmarked by July,16, 2017

$27.00 if postmarked after July,16, 2017 and day of race 


  • Medals to all fun run finishers
  • Awards to top 3 M & F overall, top 3 M & F in 5 year age groups (14 & under through 80 plus), top M & F Wantagh Master and top M & F Wantagh student. 
  • This race is USATF sanctioned meaning it will abide by all rules and regulations 
  • Top quality dri-fit t-shirts to all registrants of the 5K.
  • Participants will walk/run a five mile route.USATF certified 5K (3.1 mile) course through the completely flat, suburban streets of Wantagh with few turns.Splits every mile and water stop at 1.5 miles. DOWNLOAD COURSE MAP HERE!
  • Professionally announced by Terry Bisogno.
  • Electronic Chip Timing by Just Finish, results will be available online at justfinish.net within 24 hours of the race. 
  • Hundreds of dollars worth of great raffles from local merchants ( Must be present to win).  
  • Great Post-race refreshments including bagels, pastries, apples, brownies, cookies, etc.
  • (If writing a check, please make payable to The Lustgarten Foundation and mail to Justin Rockitter, 1844 Denver Road, Wantagh, NY 11793)

Race Director: Justin Rockitter, jkrockitter@gmail.com, 516-512-2767