Roads Closed for Saturday’s Annual Marty and Tom Celic Run in Clove Lakes Park

By Virginia N. Sherry Staten Island Advance

The start of the 37th Marty and Tom Celic 4-Mile Run at Clove Lakes Park, Aug. 31, 2013. (Staten Island Advance /Derek Alvez).

The start of the 37th Marty and Tom Celic 4-Mile Run at Clove Lakes Park, Aug. 31, 2013. (Staten Island Advance /Derek Alvez).

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The 38th annual Celic Run takes place in Clove Lakes Park Saturday morning, with road closures in West Brighton from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Clove Road, between Victory Boulevard and Forest Avenue, and Martling Avenue, from Clove Road to Slosson Avenue, will be closed to traffic.

The Celic Run — the oldest road race on Staten Island — was first organized to commemorate FDNY firefighter Martin Celic, who was killed in the line of duty in a fire in Manhattan in 1977, when he was 25 years old.

On September 11, 2001, Celic’s brother Thomas, 43, who worked for Marsh McLennan, died in Tower 1 at the World Trade Center, and the race was renamed.

The brothers, graduates of Monsignor Farrell High School, were passionate runners. Martin excelled in cross-country, the high jump and intermediate hurdles in high school; Thomas completed seven New York and Boston marathons.

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