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Sep 30, 2018 10:57 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Westhampton's Jordan Daniel Cruises To Victory In 12th Annual Hamptons Marathon

Jordan Daniel of Westhampton bested the field in the marathon. DREW BUDD
Oct 2, 2018 10:32 AM

Jordan Daniel decided to sign up for the 12th annual Hamptons Marathon two weeks ago and he had three goals in mind: run a personal best, finish in under 2 hours and 30 minutes, and win.

He accomplished all of them.

Daniel, a 2013 Westhampton Beach High School graduate, crushed the field at the 12th annual Hamptons Marathon—his first ever marathon—finishing the 26.2-mile race in 2:28:30, a mile pace of 5:41. Nearly a half hour later, Daniel George, 34, of Richmond Hill, New York, crossed the finish line for second place overall in 2:57:41. Brian O’Gorman, 29, of Lynbrook, placed third in 3:04:05, followed by John O’Mahoney, 53, of Bedford Corners, New York, who finished in 3:09:11.

Audrey Kelly, 23, of New York City, repeated as female champion, a few seconds faster than last year, crossing the finish line in 3:12:32, and rounded out the top five overall. East Quogue native Tara Farrell, 39, placed second among women (11th overall) in 3:20:11. Sarah Levine, 24, of New York City, finished third among women (15th) in 3:24:29, followed by Eloisa Cusi, 24, of Livingston, New Jersey, who finished in 3:26:04, and Nancy Labiner, 49, of Brooklyn, who finished in 3:34:23.

Daniel, who still resides in Westhampton, was a four-year varsity soccer player at Westhampton Beach and played two years of soccer at Manhattanville College before transferring to Adelphi University, where he finished his soccer career. Running, Daniel said, has filled the competitive void that soccer used to fill for him. On his 23rd birthday this past December 30, Daniel decided to go out for a long run, and 17 miles later, he finished what was, at the time, his longest ever run, until Saturday’s marathon.

“This is my first marathon, this is the most mileage I’ve ever ran, and I’m just really happy with the outcome. I put in a lot of work,” he said. “I knew I would get first, or I had a feeling I would, but I didn’t know if I was going to get under 2:30. That was my real goal, to be under 2:30.”

Since his birthday, Daniel said he has run more consistently, about six days a week, with runs over 10 miles, and it wasn’t until a few weeks ago where he started to mix in some speed and tempo runs. It was also around that time that Daniel was inspired to sign up for the Hamptons Marathon by Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who set a new world marathon record at 2:01:39 in Berlin in mid-September.

Daniel is unsure what he’ll do next within the running circuit but he did hint at possibly running in the Boston or New York City marathons. Since the Hamptons Marathon is a Boston qualifier, he can now run in that race.

“I just figured in a couple of months, use my foresight into the future, I’m probably going to want to run in a bigger marathon, and in order to do that I need to qualify [and] here it was, this was it, it was right here in front of me. All I needed to do was sign up, so I did and I’m just happy with the outcome.”

Kelly shaved about five seconds off of her winning time from last year. She couldn’t pinpoint exactly why she was faster on Saturday but did note that her training has been at odd hours, sometimes at 3:30 a.m., due to her current schedule in med school. Kelly said she plans on running in the New York City Marathon next year and thinks the Hamptons Marathon will be a good training run for her in the weeks leading up to it, so she plans on returning to the Hamptons next year to defend her now two-time title.

“I feel pretty good about that,” she said of her win. “I felt really strong today. I really hadn’t raced in a while so I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, but my legs just remembered what to do I guess, which is nice.”

The top eight finishers of the half marathon finished with a mile pace all under six minutes. Timothy Rossi, 26, of New York City and Sag Harbor, won the 13.1-mile race in 1:12:31, a mile pace of 5:33. Erik Reitinger, 35, of Brooklyn, who won the Bridgehampton Half Marathon this past May, settled for second place with a 1:15:46 finish. Connor Hesselbirg, 23, of Kings Park rounded out the top three in 1:17:13 and was followed by Barclay Richey, 31, of Brooklyn, in 1:17:41; Cary Segall, 44, of Brooklyn, in 1:17:54; and Nicholas Adamo, 23, of Franklin Square, in 1:18:00. The following New York City residents all rounded out the top 10: Rich Velazquez, 38, in 1:18:09; Jacob Gustafsson, 34, in 1:18:17; Keith Nunziata, 34, in 1:19:19; and Anthony Acquisti, 36, in 1:20:26.

Kira Garry, 25, of both New York City and Montauk, was the female champion of the half marathon (13th overall), finishing in 1:22:20. She was followed closely by Corinne Fitzgerald, 26, of New York City in 1:25:35. Jennifer Donnelly, 27, of New York City, crossed the finish line in 1:27:36, and Nicole Unger, 31, of Great Neck, placed fourth in 1:29:51, while Melissa Chordock, 40, of New York City, completed the top five for the women in 1:33:29.

Both half marathon winners, Rossi and Garry, are friends, and Rossi said Garry dragged him out from the city to run in the race. Both remarked how they appreciate the New York City running community and enjoyed their time among friends on Saturday.

“I’m coming from New York City so it’s all buildings. Here, you go out near the ocean, it’s flat the entire time, and there’s a lot of shade as well, so you can’t complain at all. And it’s beautiful today. A little more humid than you would have liked, but you can’t complain about it after the summer we had.”

Garry said she doesn’t typically run in longer races like half marathons, she usually runs in smaller 5Ks, but she is thinking about transitioning to longer races in the future, so this was a good first test.

“I feel like I know a lot people who are doing this as a build up to the marathon, so it’s really fun to have a lot of the New York City running community that I know here and it’s a great time of year to do it,” she said.

There was also a 5K, or 3.1-mile race, which was won by Thomas Swindell, 16, of Baldwin, who finished in 18:49. Alychia Buchan, 38, of Holmdel, New Jersey, was the first woman to finish (fourth overall) in 19:44.

Full results of all three races can be found at areep.com.

Approximately 2,500 people signed up for the Hamptons Marathon, with more than 2,000 actually making the races, and race organizers Diane Weinberger and Amanda Moszkowski said that’s the most they have ever had since the race moved from its original location in Springs to Southampton three years ago.

“Well 12 years ago we started with 500 runners and we’re thrilled that we actually capped out at over 2,500 runners,” Weinberger said. “It has taken a lot of effort but I think that word is getting out that this is a great race and a great venue and it’s an easy, fast course, and it’s all for charity, so I think that’s appealing to all of the people.”

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and Southampton Youth Services are the two primary beneficiaries of the race, but funds are also donated to the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance and Southampton Education Foundation.

There was a course change for this year’s race. The double-loop format that was used previously led to some congestion along some of the villages’ already bustling streets during an early fall Saturday, so Weinberger and Moszkowski worked with Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving to try and alleviate those issues. The new course had runners, specifically in the marathon, head out further on scenic Meadow Lane. A few things were also maneuvered around Hill Street to make for less congestion. By most accounts, the new course was enjoyed by all runners, and the races have found a happy medium in their third year in Southampton.

“No running pun intended, but, we are seeming to hit our stride here, and we’re pretty happy with the turnout,” Weinberger said.

27east was one of the premier sponsors of the 12th annual Hamptons Marathon, along with Albany Racing Exchange Event Productions, Flywheel Sports and Athletic Brewing Company.

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