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Sep 25, 2017 2:19 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Hamptons Marathon Runners Share Their Stories Of Why They Run

Sep 25, 2017 2:19 PM

Race directors Amanda Moszkowski and Diane Weinberger started the Hamptons Marathon due to their love of running, and one of their favorite aspects of being directors is hearing different stories from all of the runners who compete.

Some are running in honor of someone dear to them, while some run to raise money for a cause they strongly believe in, and then some runners are looking to qualify for another marathon. Moszkowski and Weinberger received a number of unique stories of runners who competed in this year’s race.

Chris Davlantes and Laura Mogenson live in Prairie Village, Kansas, just outside of Kansas City. They flew to New York City on Friday night to elope. Both are 50 years old and love running marathons together—they’ve done 10 in the last five years—and Mr. Davlantes is currently training for the Philadelphia Marathon in November.

The newly-wed Ms. Davlantes learned about the Hamptons Marathon last weekend, and since they were going to be in Manhattan getting their marriage license, they couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than crossing the finish line together the day after in Southampton. They both crossed the finish line in 4:41:43.

Tanya Milanova and her 16-year-old daughter Sophia Paskov ran the half-marathon in memory of Ms. Milanova’s twin sister, Stanya, who died of brain cancer on their birthday, which happened to be the day of the race, September 23. Tanya and Sophia’s run benefited Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, Inc.

Another story comes from a group of mothers from Salisbury, New York, who call themselves the “Salisbury Divas.” The group began running together about eight years ago, and what started out with two women has grown to about 10 to 15, depending on the event.

“We support, inspire and challenge one another,” Salisbury Diva Martha Bauman shared with the race directors. “We celebrate our children, our birthdays, and our achievements and we mourn our illnesses, injuries and losses. We are teachers, nurses, marathoners, caregivers and more.”

The Divas have run on Long Island, in Central Park and Brooklyn and Queens. Some have even completed triathlons and Spartan races.

“We decided to run the Hamptons because it allows us all to take a few days away, and we’ve never ran there,” Bauman said. “We are struggling with the training schedules, but we all hope to be ready to complete our races.”

Ms. Bauman finished the marathon in 3:52:30.

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