The response to the first Joe Sgro Memorial Run set for Sept. 21-22 has been so strong to date that organizer Joe Cibellis has had to change lunch venues—and the course itself—for the event celebrating the life of Sgro, a well-known figure in the high-performance marine world and the former president of Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats, who died from injuries sustained during a powerboating accident in November 2017.
(From left) Sgro with Outerlimits founder Mike Fiore and offshore racer Nigel Hook teamed up to compete in the since-discontinued Powerboat P1 Evolution class in 2007 (click image enlarge).
“The barbecue place we originally planned to go to for lunch can’t handle a group our size,” he said. “So we’re going to run from Liberty Landing in New York, up and down the Hudson River and then out the East River to Louie’s Grille and Liquors in Manhasset for a three-course, sit-down lunch.
“At one point or another, we’re going to pass under all five bridges in all five (New York City) boroughs,” he added. “After lunch, we’ll head back to Liberty Landing for an after-party, for those who want attend it.”
The event will kick off Friday evening with catered a Celebration of Life dinner from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Liberty Landing for Sgro’s famly and friends. The $145 registration fee includes that dinner with an open bar, the following day’s celebration and the post-run party on Saturday. All proceeds after costs are covered will go to the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, which serves the New York’s Hudson River Valley region and Fairfield, Conn., area.
“So many people like Vinny and Rob Winoski and (performance-boat photographer) Tim Sharkey have been very helpful in getting this together,” said Cibellis, who set an Around Long Island powerboating endurance record with Sgro in September 2011. “Tim has been unbelievable—he’s going to bring photos, including a collage of Joe Sgro, to raffle off.”
Participants can register through the Joe Sgro Memorial Run website.