October 13 was a chilly fall Sunday oceanside, with wind gusts up to 27 mph, but that didn’t stop runners from heading out to the second annual Run for Ross 5K!
More than 180 people participated in the 5K this year, surpassing last years’ numbers. They ran, walked, rode bicycles (including a tandem), strolled their children, and walked their dogs past prime oceanfront real estate in East Hampton. “We were really pleased with the turnout,” said Courtney Wingate, associate director of Development for Ross School. “We had a great mix of runners this year; there were students from Hampton Bays, runners from Manhattan and mid-island, community members from East Hampton and neighboring towns, and of course, Ross students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and alumni parents.”
Participants enjoyed fun, upbeat music under the pavilion provided by Chris Engel, director of Summer Camp @Ross and community programming. Ross faculty member Megan Chaskey guided tai chi and stretching exercises on the beach to prepare runners for the race. More than 30 student volunteers staffed water stations, directed race traffic, handed out T-shirts and awards, and cheered the racers all along the course.
At the conclusion of the race, participants and family members gathered for post-race festivities. Gregg Maloberti, Ross School director of institutional advancement, presented medals in nine age categories. The overall female winner was Patricia Fall Salamy, finishing with a time of 19:55, and the overall male winner was Edward Stern, finishing with a time of 17:34. In addition, all 10 and under participants received a medal for crossing the finish line. Chris Engel concluded the event by announcing the winners of the 50/50 raffle and the pick-a-prize auction.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to our wonderful and generous local sponsors:
The All Star The American Hotel Bach Grazina East End Orthodontics The Baker House 1650 Baldor Specialty Foods Biondo & Hammer, LLP Bridgehampton National Bank FlyWheel Hampton Bagels Hampton Jitney Hamptons Carpet One Hamptons Gym Corp Hint Race Lane SoulCycle Milk Pail The Palm Whitmores