Local man takes top spot at Glove Run

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After participating in a tough race on Friday, December 12, Hampton Bays resident Angel Rojas thought his weekend running was over. But when he got a call from a friend just two days later to participate in Bob’s Glove Run, a 4K race at Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays, he couldn’t pass up the chance to run again. Rojas was happy he showed up because he was the top male finisher in 15:24.

“It was fun,” he said after the race. “I really enjoyed it. The weather was nice. It’s not cold like last year. Last year for me was terrible.”

Rojas, 22 and a native of Mexico, said he would have been happy with a 10th place finish. Although he was pleased with his finish, he said he thought he could have run faster.

“I feel like I can run a 10K,” he said.

The top female finisher was a 21-year-old from Mt. Sinai, Katie Radzik, who came in just seconds after Rojas at 15:29. Radzik considers herself a veteran when it comes to 5Ks but it was the first time she had ever run at Red Creek Park and it had been a while since she last ran a cross country course.

“It was tough,” she said. “There were trees everywhere and it was narrow, but it was a lot of fun actually and it’s different from running on the road all the time.”

The top three runners in each age group, along with the top male and female finishers, took home medals. The age groups ranged from under-14 to 80-to-89-year-olds.

Bob Beattie, for which the race is named after, directed the race as well and started putting together the trail before sunrise that Sunday. He estimated that it may have been the 15th time the race had been run at Red Creek Park.

“Every time I do this race here there are always branches in the way,” he said. “You have to rush and you can clean off all of the small stuff, but there were two trees that were down completely. One was on the side of the trail so you just had to run around it. The other one was clear right across the trail, which stood right about waist high. There was no way I was moving that and I didn’t have my chain saw, so it’s a cross country race, you climb.”

He added that in classic cross country trails it was almost a requirement to hop over obstacles such as logs. Beattie and his crew talked about putting hay bales on the course but thought otherwise.

Beattie also had to scurry to find usable electrical outlets for his equipment because the outlets he usually uses were not working. Because of that, he had to move the finish line from where it normally sits in the middle of the park to closer toward the parking lot where there was a working outlet.

There were approximately 100 participants in this year’s run, and Beattie said that he plans on holding more races this winter. For upcoming races, he said anyone interested can go to eerunners.com.

For complete results of Bob’s Glove Run 2008 go to island-timing.com.

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