The annual Long Island Marathon is happening this weekend, and Dr. Rich Sartori of Glen Cove is taking part in the weekend’s races for the sixth time.
“It’s a beautiful occasion and I get to meet runners from all over the world,” Sartori said.
Sartori, 60, will represent the Richard M. Brodsky Foundation, a charity that he has been affiliated with for a number of years. He plans on running the 5K on Friday as a “warm up” for Sunday’s half marathon. The foundation organizes the World AIDS Marathon and Sartori has traveled to Kenya four times to work in orphanages and participate in the race. He has done the half marathon three times and hopes to do the full marathon on his next trip later this year.
Sartori is a pediatrician with a practice in Garden City and also a widower with four children, ages 14, 18, 19 and 20.
“As a father, I want to stay healthy, and I also want to set an example for my own children as well as my patients,” Sartori said.
He said he enjoys listening to the birds while he runs or talking to other racers and does not listen to music during the long runs.
“I enjoy the camaraderie,” Sartori said. “It’s also a mindset. I hope to be doing this at my pace until I’m 100.”