Winner Runs Away with Shelter Island 10K

Linus Kiplagat ran away from the crowd to win Saturday's Shelter Island 10K. Photo courtesy of Beverley Walsh / Shelter Island Reporter

Linus Kiplagat, a 23-year-old Kenya-born runner, finished all alone in warm and humid conditions at the front of the Shelter Island 10K race on Saturday. The 39th annual edition of the event drew nearly 1,000 runners in the 10K, and another 610 in the 5K, with Kiplagat, 23, emerging from the pack to finish in 29:45.03, a mile pace of 4:47.

Kiplagat’s friend and countryman, Isaac Mukundi, 30, finished in second place with a time of 30:21.07, while Temesgen Habtemariam Bekele, 27, was third in 30:59.39.

The top female finisher was Birtukan Fente Alemu, 28, an Ethiopian-born runner who crossed the line in 33:40.36, a mile pace of 5:25. Peter Hawkins finished first in the 10K wheelchair race in 36:11.79 and William Lehr was second in 40:19.70.

Birtukan Fente Alemu crosses the line first among female runners. Photo courtesy of EliteFeats

Locally, Christian Deger, 22, was the top male finisher from Sag Harbor, finishing 105th overall with a time of 45:42.10, while Christine Tylee was the top female from Sag Harbor with a time of 49:59.14.

Nicholas Minikel, 17, of Milltown, New Jersey, won the 5K race in 18.34.70, while Rose Hayes, 14, of East Moriches was the top female in the 5K, finishing in 20:55.28

Former Olympianand four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers and Olympic Gold Medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson also participated in Saturday’s event, which supports several East End charities, including Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch and East End Hospice, as well as the Shelter Island 10K Community Fund.

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The field gets off to a start in Saturday’s 39th annual Shelter Island 10K. Photo courtesy of Beverley Walsh / Shelter Island Reporter