The SYS/AHRC 5K continues to be dominated by young runners. The race, which is celebrating its fourth anniversary, saw another college student lead the pack in Southampton Village on Saturday morning.
Kurt Steinmuller of Stony Brook, a 20-year-old who attends Ohio University and is on the track and cross country teams there, won the 3.1-mile race in 15:50.5, a mile pace of 5:06. Last year’s winner, Aaron Hoven of Clifton Springs, ran track at Canisius College in upstate New York while Ben Tuttle, who won the race two years ago, was a runner at Cedarville University in Ohio.
Steinmuller, who graduated from Ward Melville High School in 2011, had one of the fastest times in the race’s short history. He said he was trying to follow the lead vehicle, a Southampton Village police car. It was Steinmuller’s first time running the popular course.
“I think I went out too fast,” he said following the race. “[But] it felt good. I was trying to do it as a workout, just to see where I am during the summer. It was pretty fun.”
Steinmuller added that his personal best in a 5K is 14:57 and that he likes to run in two road races each summer. He ran a 4-mile race in Sayville earlier.
Shane Arters, 44, of Morristown placed second in the race in 17:00.2 (5:29) while Jessie Durn, 36, of New York City took third in 17:26.2 (5:37).
Bridget Sullivan, 17, of Bohemia was the first overall female finisher, crossing the tape in 20:48 (6:43). Last year’s female champion, Laetitia Krisel, 18, of New York City placed second this time around in 21:21.5 (6:53). And Brittany Sinensky, 30, of Hampton Bays was third among female competitors in 22:17.7.
Complete results are available at www.island-timing.com.
A record-number 300 people participated in this year’s race, according to J. Andreassi, the director of development at AHRC. He could not explain why race registration numbers, for the most part, have continued to increase over the years. He offered that the good weather this year could have inspired more runners to participate, or that people just enjoy coming out and supporting a great cause.
“The course was great today,” Andreassi said. “It’s fairly dry, and nice and warm. The village did a nice job of getting it ready for us as usual.”
Event proceeds went directly to Southampton Youth Services and AHRC Suffolk, the latter of which is based in Bohemia. AHRC is a non-profit agency that services the entire county and is dedicated to applying its professional and financial resources toward improving the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Andreassi said the funds raised on Saturday should help SYS maintain its numerous programs. He also noted that AHRC was hit hard in recent years due to budget cuts by the state.
“This helps us fill the void, because we’ve been cutback tremendously the last three years, and we’re just trying to keep our programs going,” Andreassi said. “And our programs are some of the best programs in the State of New York. They take care of kids who are few years old all the way up to people who are 70-years-old, and it’s a lot of them.
“We actually take care of 2,500 individuals,” he continued, “so it’s really exciting and it takes a lot of money to do that.”
Andreassi noted that partnering with SYS over the past few years has been great.
“My philosophy is more not-for-profits should do that,” he said. “They should be trying to partner, bring their people in with new people and attempt to merge. We get people who were affiliated with SYS for years who are now working with AHRC and vice-versa.”