Carbone, the event’s chairman and race director, oversaw the children’s dashes and 5K run on a perfect Sunday afternoon. He even participated in the race, finishing in 29th place.
“What makes me really happy is that we have parents who ran the dash when they were kids,” Carbone said. “Now they’re coming and bringing their kids to the dash. It’s really special because you can appreciate it now over time.”
Although the 5K was postponed last year due to unforeseen circumstances, Get to the Point came back strong with nearly 230 runners and dozens of participants in the children’s dashes.
Carbone said despite taking a year off, not many other races in the city have this type of longevity.
“I think we’re set now to go for at least another 25 years,” he said.
Vinny Santulli, a 79-year-old longtime resident, said the annual race is a wonderful event.
“I think it’s an institution now,” he said.
As for the race, 36-year-old Benjamin Nilsestuen finished first overall at 17 minutes and six seconds. Rebecca Bucaner, 39, finished first among women at 21 minutes and 32 seconds, good for 17th overall.
Patrick Toon, who finished in third place at 19 minutes and 13 seconds, called Get to the Point his favorite race in the city.
“There’s such a great atmosphere, it’s very neighborhoody but also very welcoming,” he said. “You get a taste of old-school Greenpoint. It’s great.
“Glad I could do it again,” the 44-year-old added. “Good to be back in Greenpoint.”
All of the proceeds for the event go toward St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy and its sports programs, which serves hundreds of students every year.
Carbone said the event shows even a small school like St. Stan’s can produce a big event for the entire neighborhood.
“I think it’s important not only for the tradition, the values, the spiritual component,” he said, “but we also provide a great education.”