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Jun 11, 2018 5:23 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Bridgehampton Half-Marathon Will Return In 2019 After All

Runners at the start of the fifth annual Bridgehampton Half-Marathon, which was May 12. DREW BUDD
Jun 12, 2018 9:14 AM

The Bridgehampton Half-Marathon will see a sixth year, and hopefully more, according to race organizer Diane Weinberger.

Due to rising costs, mainly associated with new security measures taken by Southampton Town Police, Weinberger was unsure if the sister race of the Hamptons Marathon was going to be able to continue. But after sorting out all of the funds from this year’s race, which was May 12, Weinberger is confident the race can continue in its current capacity.

The half-marathon event, which also included a 5K race for the first time this year, raised a little more than $16,000 after expenses—more than twice what the race raised last year—according to Weinberger, spread through the event’s main beneficiaries, the Bridgehampton Historical Museum and Southampton Hospital, and its smaller beneficiaries, which includes the Flying Point Foundation for Autism and Project Most.

Weinberger had said that her team spent $17,000 to cover a pair of bomb-sniffing dogs, cement stanchions that blocked traffic going to the start/finish line on Ocean Road, drones, and the Southampton Town mobile command center that was set up near the start/finish line, many of which were new measures that town police took this year. But Weinberger said that by keeping costs down significantly—other than on security—the runner registration fees and a key sponsorship with Out East, a real estate website that caters specifically to the East End, the race was still able to raise a significant amount for its beneficiaries.

“We are definitely moving forward and doing the race next year,” Weinberger said. “I’m thrilled. I wanted to keep the race going. The feedback from the runners was that they loved it.”

Weinberger added that she will look into a waiver that she could apply for through the Southampton Town Board to help defray the costs even further.

Weinberger met with Southampton Village officials last week and was reassured that she will not face similar security measures or costs for this year’s Hamptons Marathon, which is slated for Saturday, September 29, at Southampton Intermediate School.

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