Just over 300 runners enjoyed beautiful, sunny weather for the seventh annual Baymen 5K in Hampton Bays on Saturday morning.
Luis Ramirez, 23, of Southampton won what turned out to be a pretty competitive group of runners, crossing the finish line in a new course record of 16:53.3 (5:27 mile pace). In fact, prior to Saturday, no one had been able to break 17-minute mark; three did so on Saturday.
After Ramirez, Greg Hayward, 32, of Glen Cove placed second in 16:57.8, just ahead of Nick Berglin, 17, who crossed the finish line in 16:58.3. His twin brother Christian Berglin—the twins are from Hampton Bays—placed fourth in 17:47.5 and Brandon Turbush, 15, of Manorville rounded out the top five, finishing in 18:01.9.
Kristine Odell, 40, of Hampton Bays was the first female finisher, 18th overall, at 22:56.2, while Deanna Devon, 31, also of Hampton Bays, came in second in 23:05. Elizabeth Mattson, 36, of Flanders was the third woman to cross the finish line in 23:26.1.
Complete results can be found online at www.2014.island-timing.com.
Ramirez is no stranger to East End road races. He’s finished in the top three at the Katy’s Courage 5K in Sag Harbor in the past, as well as the Christopher’s Run 5K in Southampton, which he plans on running in again this year.
“I practice a lot,” he explained after Saturday’s race. “Every day after work I go to the gym and practice two to three hours.”
Former Hampton Bays varsity girls track head coach Dave Oakley began the Baymen 5K to raise money for the track program, but, for the past three years, Kevin O’Toole, who now heads the girls track team, has been the race director. The 305 runners registered for this year’s race were the most O’Toole has seen since he took over the helm.
Race proceeds now benefit the March of Dimes, specifically the Aidan’s Angels Chapter. Just last year, Hampton Bays graduate and current resident Amanda Hoffman found out that her son, Aidan, would be born with a severe congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which means that the left side of his heart was too small to function. Since birth, Aidan has undergone two open heart surgeries and multiple cardiac catheterizations; he has been hospitalized numerous times for the flu and other ailments.