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Cloudy, Cool Conditions Make For Perfect Setting For Fifth Annual Bridgehampton Half-Marathon

Runners await the start of the fifth annual Bridgehampton Half-Marathon on Saturday morning. DREW BUDD
May 15, 2018 10:36 AM

A dreary, overcast and cool day might not be what most people are looking for out of a mid-May Saturday, but it was exactly what runners considered perfect conditions for the fifth annual Bridgehampton Half-Marathon on Saturday morning, with the steady rain in the region holding off until later in the day.

Erik Reitinger, 35, of Brooklyn, won the 13.1-mile race in 1:16:24, a mile pace of 5:50. Loretta Loaiza, also 35, of New York City, was the first female to cross the finish line, fourth overall, in 1:22:22 (6:17).

Last year’s male and female champions, Jared Keating and Denise Mazzeo, did not return this year, and Nick Lemon’s 2015 course record of 1:10:15 is still intact.

Reitinger was coming off finishing 199th overall in the Boston Marathon back on April 16, where the conditions he said were like “running in a category one hurricane.” As he was making the drive out east with a friend on Saturday morning, they were excited when they realized that they were going to avoid another soggy race.

“What a great day to go for a run,” Reitinger said.

The Bridgehampton Half was the first race for Reitinger after Boston, so it gave him a good idea of where he was at and where he needs to be as he goes forward in his training.

“I feel good, I’m ready to start a new training cycle based on what I did today,” he said. “I was happy, overall, with the time, given it was one month after a really big race.”

The Brooklyn Half-Marathon is this weekend, literally right in Reitinger’s backyard—he lives on the course he said—but he opted to race in Bridgehampton instead.

“I would much rather wake up, have my coffee, watch people and cheer them on than actually run in the [Brooklyn Half],” he said. “It’s much more appealing to me to drive out here and run a race like this than to run in Manhattan and Brooklyn for $300 a pop.

“I would definitely come back here as long as I’m not crippled after the Boston Marathon [next year],” Reitinger added.

A native of San Diego, Loaiza, who has lived in New York City for the past 17 years and ran for Columbia University in college, said Saturday’s conditions were perfect. She just started training for a marathon, she explained after the race, and she is looking to qualify for the Olympic Trials.

“This is my first race of the season, so [my time] is better than expected. The course here is perfect,” she said.

Logan DeSouza, 27, of Long Island City, placed second overall in 1:19:18, Colin Gillerman, 28, of New York City, finished in 1:22:01 to take third place, and Teddy Wasserman, 35, of New York City, rounded out the top five, coming in after Loaiza at 1:23:08.

Emily Zimmerman, 35, of Petersburg, Illinois, was the second female to finish, sixth overall, in 1:23:17. Sarah Johnson, 34, of New York City finished third among women in 1:28:06; Julianne Bowe, 30, of Hoboken placed fourth in 1:29:50; and Southampton resident Barbara Gubbins, 58, placed fifth in 1:31:51.

Andrew Phillips, 37, of New York City, won the inaugural 5K in 19:19 (6:13). He was followed by Harry Hackett, 57, of Bridgehampton, who finished in 20:44; Danielle Cornell, 24, of East Islip, in 20:55; Holt Baker, 26, of New York City, in 22:22; and Julie Tucker, 48, of New York City, who rounded out the top five in 22:34.

Full results can be found at flrrt.com.

The Bridgehampton Historical Society and Southampton Hospital are the main beneficiaries of the Bridgehampton Half-Marathon. The Bridgehampton School is also another beneficiary as well as some smaller groups.

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