The Runner's Edge was founded in 1985 by owner Bob Cook. Since its inception, the store has outgrown 2 locations and in 2003 moved to larger quarters, at 242 Main Street, right in the heart of Farmingdale Village. The Runner's Edge is your Running and Multi-sport Headquarters, carrying all the latest footwear, performance clothing, energy products, wetsuits, jogbras and more. The staff of the Runner's Edge has decades of running and multisport experience and can help you find the right shoes, clothes and accessories to meet your needs as well as provide information and applications for upcoming runs and multisport events. The friendly and experienced staff can assist you with any questions that you might have. Team Runner's Edge is the store's very successful Multi-sports team and Men's and Women's Racing Teams. They are comprised of athletes of all abilities who compete in local, national and international events. The Runner's Edge offers weekly runs and rides as well as a weekly track workout (seasonal and weather permitting!) open to everyone. In the Summer there are several group open water swims per week.
Meet the Staff
Bob Cook is the Owner of the Runner's Edge. He is an accomplished runner for over 50 years and has been involved in Multi-sports for over 25 years. He has run a sub-3 hour marathon and has completed many multisport-events including: duathlons, adventure races and triathlons. He has completed 12 marathons and 7 Ironman races throughout his career.. He is a USAT Level 1 certified triathlon coach and was the Head Coach for the Arthritis Foundation's "Joints in Motion" marathon training program for five years. He was also one of the coaches for the Diva Marathon Training Program. Bob generously supports local events, high school track and cross country teams and other non-profit organizations.
Nancy Cattabiani has been working at the Runner's Edge since 1987. Her experience and personality have supported the Running and Multi-sport communities for all those years. Nancy has competed in 9 Ironman races and numerous half-ironmans- she is always at the top of her age group and the back of the pack. One of her favorite sayings is "If I can do it, so can you!" She is always ready and happy to help you achieve your goals!
Gary Paperno has been with Bob and the Runner's Edge since 1985. He has been running since 1975, and has won numerous road races from 5k to the Marathon. Gary won the Lewes Seashore Marathon but set his PR at the Long Island Marathon and as a lifelong resident of Massapequa Park, has the most wins for residents at the Massapequa Firecracker Run. Gary is always available to help you to help you with the latest watches, heart-rate monitors, and GPS devices to help keep you running at your best.
Sal Nastasi is an accomplished runner and a professional musician. While at Kennedy High School in Bellmore, NY he was Nassau county champ 13 times and was the first person to earn the honor of winning the Cross Country Nassau County Championship title two years in a row. He also ran the 4 X 800, the mile and the 2 mile. His team won the state championship for the 4 X 800 relay.
Sal graduated from University of Massachusetts with a B.S. in Sports Management. After graduating he pursued a musical career playing and touring with his band "Ready in 10". He joined our staff in April of 2009 and continues to rock the house by singing to the staff while he works. He remains an avid runner and has won several local races.
Allie Cook graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University at which point she began working for the Runner's Edge part-time. She quickly realized she loved the business side of running and joined the staff full-time. Allie is an avid runner, and is always available to help pick out just the right apparel and accessories to help you look your best while running your best.
Dave Frazer has been immersed in running and Track and Field on Long Island since 1990. After a stellar High School running career at W.C. Mepham High School, which included 13 county championships, 7 All-State performances, 1 State Championship in the mile, and a prestigious victory at the Penn Relays in the Distance Medley Relay, he went on to Iona College. At Iona, Dave won 4 MAAC championships in the Mile and DMR. He left college with PB's of 1:50.1 (800m), 49.3 (400m), 3:46.30 (1500m), and 4:03.21 (1 mile run.)
Dave moved home to coach at his alma mater in 1999 and has been there ever since. He has guided his charges to numerous All-division and all-county honors, 16 All-State athletes, and 1 NYS Champion. Currently, Dave serves as the Nassau Track Coaches Assn. President.
In 2001, shortly after returning to Long Island, Dave started working at the Runner's Edge as a sales associate. With his extensive coaching experience he has been instrumental in developing the stores "School Sales Department" and has helped develop Runner's Edge as Long Island's top choice for High School and College Track and Field athletes.
Location & Directions
Runner's Edge is located at 242 Main Street in Farmingdale on the west side of the street, just a half block north of Conklin Street, within minutes of Route 110 on the east and the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway on the west.