When the Seventh Annual Hamptons Marathon & Half was held on Saturday, September 28, runners from 35 states and six countries toed the starting line at the Springs School. This international crowd of 2,500 runners was the largest field yet for this event, which was named by Runner’s World as one of its “Top 10 New Marathons” in 2008 and “one of the best small-town races you’ll find anywhere” in its September 2012 issue.
Each year after the race, the Hamptons Marathon team makes donations to support local East End groups. Two weeks ago, the Hamptons Marathon donated more than $75,000, including $30,000 each to Southampton Hospital and Project Most. This was the largest donation to date. The race is also supporting the Springs School, the Springs School PTA’s K-3 extracurricular swimming program, the East Hampton Day Care Learning Center and East Hampton Youth Football. Finally, the race made a small donation to support runners affected by the Boston Marathon bombing last April through the One Fund Boston. Over the past seven years, the Hamptons Marathon has donated more than $350,000 to support local East Hampton organizations.
The primary source of these donations were the runners’ race fees, but none of this could have been accomplished without the support of the Hamptons Marathon’s primary sponsors, JetBlue and Equinox Fitness, as well as the generous support of the race’s local partners, friends and volunteers who give their time and expertise year after year.