Lemon Cruises To Victory In Second Annual Bridgehampton Half Marathon

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Nick Lemon, 22, won the second annual Bridgehampton Half-Marathon in convincing fashion in Bridgehampton on Saturday morning, enjoying a wide margin of victory as he crossed the tape in 1:10.15 (5:22 pace).

Lemon, who originally hails from Connecticut, has been living in Sag Harbor for the past year while managing the Gubbins Running Ahead Nike Store in Southampton. Lemon graduated from Stony Brook University a year ago, where he was a member of the cross country and track teams, specializing in 5K (3.1 mile) and 10K distances.

It was the first half-marathon effort for Lemon.

Arne Bostrom, 28, of New York was second in 1:15:20, while Luis Ramirez, 24, of Southampton was third in 1:16:49. Last year’s winner, Chris Koegel, 31, of Malverne, was fourth in 1:17:25, while Noah Kaufman, 32, of Brooklyn was fifth in 1:19:06.

Jamie Sutherland, 37, of New York was the top female finisher and was 11th overall in 1:25:30. Sutherland’s victory was a comeback of sorts—it was her first half-marathon effort since giving birth to her first child 18 months ago. Sutherland, who is spending the summer in Bridgehampton, was a competitive distance runner during her college days at the University of Virginia, from which she graduated in 1999. She spent several years training and competing with the New York Athletic Club before taking time off from competitive running. Sutherland estimated this was her first half-marathon in “at least” four years, she said after the race.

Both Lemon and Sutherland set new course records on Saturday. Lemon beat Chris Koegel’s record of 1:16:56 from the inaugural race last year, and the top three male finishers this year were all under that time as well. Sutherland’s beat Michelle Rorke’s time of 1:28:30. Amanda Lehner, 25, of New York was the second female finisher this year in 1:27:08 (6:39), also beating out Rorke’s time. Anna Florzak, 27, of New York was the third among females in 1:29:16 (6:49), followed by Barbara Gubbins, 55, of Southampton (1:30:29, 6:55). Michelle Walker, 32, of Massapequa, was fifth among females in 1:31:24 (6:59).

Among local runners, Lemon (Sag Harbor) was first among men, followed by Ramirez (Southampton); Jason Hancock, 41, of Southampton (1:23:27, 6:22); Chris Husband, 45, of Sag Harbor (1:25:01, 6:30); and Doroteo Soledad, 39, of Water Mill (1:27:18, 6:40). Gubbins was first among local females, followed by Heather Wright, 41, of Westhampton (1:32:21, 7:03); Erin Tintle, 43, of East Hampton (1:35:46, 7:19); Raquel Styler, 35, of Southampton (1:36:01, 7:20); and Jeanette Fischer, 39, of Sag Harbor (1:37:46, 7:28).

Complete results are at flrrt.com.

The Bridgehampton Half-Marathon was created by Amanda Moszkowski and Diane Weinberger, the co-creators of the Hamptons Marathon and Half-Marathon, set for September 26 in East Hampton once again this year. The Bridgehampton event has sold out early in both years of existence, as Moszkowski and Weinberger have been committed to keeping the level of participants at a manageable number, they say, so the race maintains a “small-town 5K” kind of feel. A total of 797 runners crossed the finish line on Saturday. Proceeds from the race will be donated to the Bridgehampton Museum and Southampton Hospital. Last year, the inaugural race donated $20,000 to those organizations.

There were a few new features at this year’s race. A “first-time” bell and “personal record” bell were at the finish line, and runners who were competing in a half-marathon for the first time or had achieved a personal record rang the bells as they walked away from the finish. The race was also the debut for a “runthehamptons” app, a free app that allows access to all kinds of information about the race and also allows people to track runners and see their split times.

Moszkowski said that feedback from participants and the community was overwhelmingly positive once again, and she credited several others for making that a reality, including the Southampton Town Police and the volunteers, most notably students and faculty from Bridgehampton, individuals associated with the Bridgehampton Museum and Southampton Hospital, Project Most of East Hampton, and the East Hampton YMCA.

Sponsors included: TRN, Well+Good, Nature’s Bakery, Bridgehampton National Bank, Hampton Jitney, Brandhampton, 27east.com, Running Away, Southampton Hospital, Gubbins Running Ahead, JackRabbit, WEHM, Vassilaros and Sons, Zico, and Mickey’s Carting.

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