The 17th annual Ellen’s Run is a go for Sunday, August 19, and those expecting it to be a run-of-the-mill Southampton Village 5K can think again.
The course has been completely changed for this year’s race. Instead of it starting in front of the Southampton Cultural Center on Pond Lane, where most races in Southampton start and finish, Ellen’s Run will start/finish close to Parrish Memorial Hall at Southampton Hospital.
The start and finish line will be just south of the intersection of Old Town Road and Wickapogue Road. Runners will go up Old Town and turn left onto Meeting House Lane past the hospital. They will go up two blocks and make a left onto Little Plains Road then make a right onto Herrick Road. From Herrick, runners will make a left onto South Main Street then make a left onto to Gin Lane, which they will run on for a while, running along the Atlantic Ocean on the right and eventually Old Town Pond on the left. Runners will make their final turn for the finish line with a left onto Old Town Road heading north toward Southampton Hospital.
After 13 successful years in East Hampton, Ellen’s Run was moved to Southampton in 2009 to coincide with the opening of the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital. Both the race and center are named after Ratner’s sister, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 1989. A journalist, Hermanson sought to educate the public about the disease, the challenges its victims face, and resources that they and survivors could use. She lost her battle with cancer in April 1995 at the age of 42. The race has continued to grow each year with over 700 runners/walkers taking part last year.
Registration will be open at 7:30 a.m. for same-day registrants and the race itself will start promptly at 9 a.m. The “Ellen’s Run Store” will also open at 7:30 a.m. where anyone can purchase Ellen’s Run goodies, such as T-shirts and shoelaces.
The Ellen’s Run is particularly known for its abundance of quality prizes and race organizer Julie Ratner said this year’s prizes should be even better than before. As usual, breast cancer survivors running in the race will get pink bandanas and top male and female finishers who have survived breast cancer will each receive a Tiffany and Company necklace. The largest running teams will get trophies as will the top three men and women finishers. Medals will be awarded to age group winners and a runners’ raffle will also be held. Runners will be automatically in the raffle and their bib number will also act as their raffle number.
“There are no junky prices in this raffle,” Ratner said. “There are things I would love to win, even though I’m not in the running for the raffle.”
To register for Ellen’s Run, or for more information, go to www.ellensrun.org.