Hundreds Come Out To Support Inaugural Mashashimuet Park Friends And Family 5K Run

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Runners enjoy the first ever Mashashimuet Park Friends and Family 5K Run in Sag Harbor on Saturday. KYRIL BROMLEY

The inaugural Mashashimuet Park Friends and Family 5K Run was, by all accounts, a rousing success.

John Cottrell said he and the race committee, which he is a part of and that put together the fundraising race, expected around 100 runners to participate. After all was said and done, over 200 people registered for Saturday morning’s race, with just a smidge under that actually crossing the finish line and participating.

Runners enjoy the first ever Mashashimuet Park Friends and Family 5K Run in Sag Harbor on Saturday.                                     KYRIL BROMLEY

The biggest part of the race, Cottrell said, was the huge support the race got from local entities. He said 43 sponsors, most, if not all, out of Sag Harbor, came together to raise around $25,000, and that’s without factoring in registration fees.

All proceeds from this year’s race will go toward renovating the park’s grandstand, which was built in 1908 and welcomes everyone at the park. The plan, Cottrell said, is to pick a different part of the park to renovate each year.

“The grandstand seemed like a logical fist step. Just with the history of it and a lot of attention the park has gotten lately, it just made a lot of sense to start there,” he said. “Hopefully, we can direct some funds toward different improvements in the coming year.

“It was great. It was a beautiful day,” Cottrell continued. “It was a great turnout. We spent a long time trying to develop the race course and incorporate all parts of the park to show how beautiful it really is. We got out there and were raking some of the trails, trying to make it as best as we can. It was worth it. It was a lot of fun.”

Cottrell thanked park manager Jeff Robinson and park employee Tony Politi for all of their hard work and support in getting the park ready for the race.

Cottrell’s wife, Shelly Cottrell, who is a Sag Harbor Elementary School physical education teacher, is also a part of the Mashashimuet Park board as its treasurer. Mr. Cottrell said he and his wife had spoken for quite a while about creating such an event and eventually formed a race committee that included four people from the park board and a couple of volunteers from outside of the board, including himself. They all began to meet weekly in May, putting all of the necessary components together.

Sergey Avramenko won the inaugural Mashashimuet Park Friends and Family 5K Run in Sag Harbor this past Saturday. Avramenko also won Ellen’s Run in Southampton last month.               KYRIL BROMLEY

Mr. Cottrell said he, and a few other members of the committee for that matter, were not really strangers to forming local races. He said he also helped put together one of the first 5Ks based out of Sag Harbor that benefitted the Gwen L. Kosinski Foundation in the early 2000s. Mimi Yardley, Rachel Dee, Judy Lattanzio and Nancy Benvent were all park board members included on the committee, along with community member and volunteer Shawn Mitchell.

As for the race itself, Sergey Avramenko, 36, who won Ellen’s Run in Southampton last month, topped the 3.1-mile circuit in 16:24.75, finishing with a mile pace of 5:17. Christian Oakley, 22, of Southampton placed second in 16:50.15. Craig Berkoski, 40, of Sag Harbor, finished third in 19:19.92. Edmar Gonzalez, 14, of Sag Harbor finished fourth in 20:31.77 and John Cinelli, 41, rounded out the top five, crossing the finish line in 20:35.49.

Christine Tylee, 33, of Farmingville was the first female to finish in 21:16.36. Southampton’s own Barbara Gubbins finished second among females in 22:26.83, followed by Caroline Cashin, 45, of Amagansett, who finished in 23:11.44.

Full results can be found at elitefeats.com.

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