The Elizabeth T. McNamee Memorial 5K Run and One-Mile Fun Run/Walk was organized in 1999. The event honors a promising young law student from the community who died of heart disease in September 1998, and raises funds for research into hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle abnormality, which took her life at the age of 24.
She was an integral member of the New York State Champion Varsity Soccer Team. She was a West Islip High School honors student before graduating and entering Harvard and, later, New York University.
McNamee had also been a player in the West Islip Soccer Club. The Soccer Club is a proud contributor to the Elizabeth T. McNamee Memorial Fund and encourages all Club members to participate in the 5K Run.
In May 2002 the West Islip Soccer Club, for the 3rd year in a row had full coverage at the annual Remembrance Walk. In 2002 the club walked in special memory of 2 coaches: Gina Eiseman, who lost her battle with cancer and Terry McShane, hero firefighter killed on 9/11/01 while rescuing others.
Since then the club has supported this great event over the years.