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Jul 31, 2018 10:08 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Runners Come Out In Memory Of Jordan Haerter For Second Annual Jordan's Run

Anthony Lafountain, 23, from East Hampton in a weighted vest and Physical Training uniform, finished 240th out of 398 participants. DANIELA DETORE
Jul 31, 2018 10:18 AM

Runners in weighted vests, ‘Team Jordan’ t-shirts, and other red, white and blue-themed clothing were at the starting line just outside of Pierson High School on Sunday morning for the second annual Jordan’s Veterans Memorial 5K Run to honor Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter, a fallen Sag Harbor hero.

The race took runners past the cemetery where Haerter is buried, and over the Sag Harbor/North Haven Bridge, which was renamed Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter Veterans’ Memorial Bridge in November of 2008, seven months after his death, and ended back at the school from which Haerter graduated in 2006.

Haerter and Corporal Jonathan Yale of Virginia died on April 22, 2008, while at a guard post protecting their platoon’s camp in Iraq when an oil tanker driven by suicide bombers barreled toward the camp’s entrance. While Iraqi guards also stationed at the post fled, the two Marines stood their ground and kept firing at the driver. Because they stayed and fought, the truck was unable to penetrate the barrier, exploding just outside the guard post. The two Marines, however, were killed instantly. Haerter, 19, at the time of his death, was, posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his actions.

Just over 19 minutes into the run, spectators awaited in anticipation for who would be the first to cross the finish line. When Zoe Quinn, 42, turned the corner off of Jermain Avenue onto Division Street, spectators seemed surprised that a female runner was in the lead, and then cheered. Quinn won the race in 19:16, throwing her hands in the air forming two peace signs in celebration.

“I am delighted,” said Quinn about her finish. “I am a very strong feminist so I always like when something like this happens.”

Quinn, who is on a three-week vacation from her home in Dublin, Ireland, planned a of couple races for fun in her trip to Sag Harbor. Prior to Jordan’s Run, Quinn said she traveled to Manhattan for the New York Road Runners Central Park 5K where she finished second in the female division, 29th overall.

The mother of four began running five years ago after her last child was born. To train, she runs around her hometown back in Ireland, which is a very hilly area she said.

“It’s such a lovely race,” Quinn said about Jordan’s Run. She continued to say that it was the heat that she was not used to, but she was able to make up for that in the few hilly areas along the course.

“It’s really nice to do it for girls. Every now and again we get the opportunity,” Quinn said.

Quinn mentioned that the first three finishers were going to be all females before one of them took a wrong turn, allowing Ben Mac, 15, a Sag Harbor native and a runner at Pierson, to sneak his way into the top three. He finished second in 19:41.6. Less than 10 seconds later, the third overall finisher, Tara Farrell, 39, from East Quogue finished in 19:52.9.

Gary Baddeley, 53, a Shelter Island native, was the second male to finish, fourth overall, in 19:55. Sag Harbor’s own Martin Garcia, 50, finished fifth in 19:58. East Hampton Library Director Dennis Fabiszak, 48, an avid runner, finished sixth overall in 20.20.3, Shane Campbell, 44, placed seventh in 20:28.7, and Ava Engstrom, 15, an incoming sophomore at East Hampton High School and a member of both the varsity indoor and outdoor track teams and varsity cross country team, was the third female to finish (eighth overall) in 20:29.5. Joris Esch, 41, placed ninth in 20:30 and Southampton’s Barbara Gubbins rounded out the top 10, finishing in 20:42.5.

Full results can be found at itsyourrace.com.

This year, ‘team Jordan’ t-shirts were accompanied by ‘team Chris’ t-shirts. Corporal Christopher G. Scherer, an East Northport native, lost his life, on July 21, 2007, at the age of 21, to a bullet from an enemy sniper in Iraq.

Jordan’s heroic story has grabbed the hearts of many Sag Harbor residents as well as others from across Long Island. It’s also reached the hearts of those in the film industry.

Joshua DeFour, the writer and producer of the upcoming movie, “The 11th Order,” dropped out of a journalism bachelor’s program to join the U.S. Marine Corps as a combat videographer and broadcast journalist. The 11th Order is set to film on September 28 and will detail the final seconds of both Haerter and Yale’s lives.

The 11th Order is endorsed by Haerter’s 1/9 battalion, also known as “The Walking Dead.” The battalion earned its nickname during the Vietnam War.

More about the history of the 1/9 battalion and The 11th Order film can be found at 19walkingdead.org and indiegogo.com.

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