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Sep 24, 2017 10:34 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Hot Temps Lead To Slow Times In 11th Annual Hamptons Marathon

Runners start the 11th annual Hamptons Marathon on Saturday at the Southampton Intermediate School. It was the second year the event, which includes a half marathon and 5K, was held in Southampton Village. DREW BUDD
Sep 25, 2017 3:06 PM

While sunny, clear blue skies and warm temperatures make for a perfect beach day, it’s not exactly the best conditions for a marathon.

With temperatures topping out in the mid-80s on Saturday afternoon, the times for the 11th annual Hamptons Marathon reflected the harsh conditions, particularly for the marathon. Runners have a choice of doing a full 26.2-mile marathon, a half-marathon (13.1 miles) or a 5K (3.1-mile) race. It was the second year the races were held in Southampton after calling Springs home for the first nine years.

Race co-directors Amanda Moszkowski and Diane Weinberger said the heat definitely was a factor, and added they tentatively plan on pushing next year’s race back a week to September 29.

“I think the heat was an unexpected challenge, and pleasure,” Weinberger said. “It’s a beautiful day and everyone is enjoying themselves hanging out at the finish line, but I think it was a little challenging for the runners, so the times were slower than people had trained to expect.”

Jake Cooper, 43, of Brooklyn won the full marathon, besting the 210-runner field in 3:03:20 (7:00 mile pace), 23 minutes slower than last year’s marathon champion, Matt Collins, who did not return for this year’s race. Audrey Kelly, 22, of Wading River and New York City, was the first female (seventh overall) to cross the finish line in 3:17:04 (7:32 mile pace). Her time was only 30 seconds or so off of last year’s female champion, Kelly Vaughan, who won the race in back-to-back years but did not compete this year.

Michael Oliva, 38, of Irvington, New York, finished second overall in the marathon in 3:08:11, followed by Adan Retana, 39, of Brooklyn (3:11:30); Eric Piazza, 35, of the Bronx (3:14:07); and Frederick Huang of Hagerstown, Maryland, (3:16:27). Among women, Margaret Wolgamot, 28, of Valparaiso, Indiana, was second in 3:25:55, followed by Paige Clarke of East Hampton (3:27:00); Sylvia Ewald, 32, of New York City (3:27:12); and Joyce Wu, 25, of New York City (3:33:15).

Full results are at flrrt.com.

Cooper, the overall marathon winner, said he overtook the leader at about mile-24, but the heat, he said, took a toll on everyone.

“In a marathon you really kind of suffer, so I started really slow, and then just hung on,” he said. “It was brutally hot. I think I could have ran 10 minutes faster if it was good conditions. But you’ve got to adjust on a day like today.”

Even with the heat, Cooper enjoyed the race. “It’s a great race. The logistics are really good, it’s easy to get here,” he said. “I’m really glad I did it. It’s unfortunate it’s a hot day, but it’s a good race.”

Cooper has run the New York City Marathon a couple of times, but said he prefers smaller races with a more personal touch.

Kelly, a second-year medical student at New York University, didn’t think the heat was all that bad. She said she did hit a wall around mile-18, but she was able to push through it.

“It was kind of lonely out there, it was just me,” she said. “But the bike ladies were really great and kept me company.”

The Hamptons Marathon was Kelly’s fifth marathon. She won the Brooklyn Marathon last year and, most recently, placed ninth in the Long Island Marathon back in May. Kelly said her training is what pushed her to what was her personal best by about five minutes. A specific workout where she would run 1,000-meters at her half-marathon pace, then her marathon pace for about 12K, helped a lot, Kelly said.

“I’ve never done those before. They were really painful but I’m really glad that I did them,” she said. “If you want to run a 7:25 pace you have to train at 7:25 pace.”

Marcelo Avelar, 32, of Sao Paolo, Brazil, won the half-marathon—which saw 878 participants—in 1:12:09 (5:31), about three minutes faster than last year’s champion, Ben Tuttle of Eastport, who did not return this year. Avelar is an avid runner and is a personal trainer back home in Sao Paolo, but he likes to travel to different races across the U.S. He placed second in the Navy-Air Force Half-Marathon in Washington D.C. on September 17, and since he was in the area, he figured he would check out the Hamptons Half-Marathon. Just like he does at all of his victories, such as the Walt Disney World Half-Marathon back in January, Avelar did his signature celebration on Saturday, where he leaps through the race tape at the finish line.

Gabrielle Russo, 32, of Patchogue, was the first woman to finish the half-marathon (seventh overall) in 1:26:17 (6:36). It was her first ever attempt, she said, at a half-marathon, and it’s all to train for the upcoming Suffolk Marathon on October 29.

Keith Nunziata, 33, of New York City was second overall in the half-marathon in 1:21:47, followed by Felipe Ramirez, 41, of Mexico City (1:22:00); Oscar Lorenzo, 28, of Amityville (1:23:12); and Gerard Harley, 28, of Setauket (1:23:31). Among women, Erin O’Brien, 34, of Brooklyn was second in 1:31:08; followed by Barbara Gubbins, 57, of Southampton (1:31:18); Sarah Jane Underwood, 23, of Hoboken, New Jersey, (1:31:51); and Kaitlyn O’Brien, 31, of Somerville, Massachusetts, (1:32:28).

Avelar and Russo both noticed a fairly strong headwind on the route along the Coopers Beach area, but other than that, Russo said it was a great race.

“Everyone who has been working for the race has been awesome and super helpful and it really went pretty smoothly,” she said. “It’s hot today. I think for the conditions it was a great race, so I’m pretty happy with [my time].”

There was also a 5K, or “Fun Run,” as it was called. A pair of New York City residents took first and second. Waldemar Sirko, 25, won in 19:05, followed by Samuel Lavander, 29, in 19:16. Colin Lang, 25, of Little Silver, New Jersey, finished third in 19:42. Therese Miu, 37, of Middle Village won the female portion of the race, and placed fourth overall, in 19:43. Lise Hutton, 30, of New York City was the second female in right behind Miu at 19:54, and Westhampton Beach High School grad Molly Bennett, who now resides in West Hartford, Connecticut, finished third among women in 20:57.

The records for each of the three different races still stand. Jessica Allen’s top female time of 2:56:14 from 2009 still stands in the full marathon, as does Oz Pearlman’s male record of 2:37:50 from 2008. The records for the half-marathon still stand as well: Brendan Martin owns the male record (1:08:26) set in 2014, while Delilah DiCrescenzo set the women’s mark in 2013 (1:15:05).

The excessive heat on Saturday was the only negative aspect to Saturday’s races, with everything going relatively smoothly, which is impressive being that it’s just the second year the event has taken place in Southampton Village. Moszkowski and Weinberger thanked the multiple local municipalities that were on hand, including Southampton Hospital and Southampton Village Police, and the 175 or so volunteers who were on hand, many from Southampton School District and Southampton Youth Services.

“It takes a village behind the scenes here, and we’ve been working really hard for the last several months, and we are pleased everything went without a hiccup,” Weinberger said. “The school has been fantastic in hosting us, and the police department has been incredibly gracious, so easy to work with and incredibly professional. The Southampton Youth Services and Southampton Hospital have been great charity partners.”

Weinberger and Moszkowski did notice that overall numbers for the races were down this year and they attributed it to the number of other races and charity fundraisers going on.

“There is so much competition, but big or small, we’re pleased with the overall effect for the community. We hope we’ll be able to give back a significant amount,” Weinberger said.

Major sponsors of the race included 27east.com, Emil Norsic & Son, Inc., Hampton Jitney, Mickey’s Carting, Southampton Hospital and Charlie & Sons Landscapes.

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This headline is really insulting. Marathons require months of preparation and every single one is an achievement that, for some reason, is being diminished here. I don't appreciate my winning time being called slow and I'm sure everyone else who ran doesn't appreciate being called slow either.
Sep 24, 17 1:24 PM appended by Audrey Kelly
After checking, my time was less than 30 seconds slower than the winning time last year, for the record.
By Audrey Kelly (1), Shoreham-Wading River on Sep 24, 17 1:24 PM
3 members liked this comment
Way to go Audrey...
By knitter (1537), Southampton on Sep 24, 17 4:23 PM
Runners are so weird
By even flow (804), East Hampton on Sep 25, 17 6:34 AM
I bet you sweat when you type.
By Pacman (212), Southampton on Sep 25, 17 3:19 PM
2 members liked this comment
Air conditioning is cheaper than a double knee replacement.
By MoronEliminator (158), Montauk on Sep 25, 17 4:26 PM
Spoken like a true sofa spud.
By Pacman (212), Southampton on Sep 25, 17 4:48 PM
Yep, you know all about me and my fitness routine, you must be psychic. As even flow stated, runners are weird, develop significant physical debilitation over time, and everyone usually says something like "he was so healthy until his knees gave out and he had to stop running" at their funerals.
By NateNewtown (61), east on Sep 25, 17 6:04 PM
I walk and run barefoot, so how's that for"weird"?

Nobody likes a troll...
By Mr. Z (10704), North Sea on Sep 25, 17 7:13 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By Pacman (212), Southampton on Sep 26, 17 11:30 AM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By HamptonDad (182), Hampton Bays on Sep 25, 17 7:22 PM
The weird comments support my contention
By even flow (804), East Hampton on Sep 26, 17 6:18 AM
Not mentioned in the article, were the two dozen volunteers from the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance, who gave up their Saturday to attend to the medical needs of the runners. Special thanks to East Moriches Volunteer Ambulance for sending an additional rig with a crew. Thank you all for your time and commitment.
By local resident 10 (17), SOUTHAMPTON on Sep 28, 17 10:16 AM
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