Youth Is Served and Serves

Two times around the field behind the John M. Marshall Elementary School was more or less a mile. Jack Graves

    Youth was served in Family Fun Runs co-sponsored by the East Hampton Rotary Club and the Star of the East Masonic Lodge at the East Hampton Day Care Learning Center Saturday, and youth, in the persons of four East Hampton High School students, served, as well, at Montauk’s Mother’s Day 5K Sunday.
    The Mother’s Day 5K, which raises money for Montauk families in need, has been overseen since its beginning seven years ago by a committee of East Hampton High School students affiliated with the Montauk Youth organization.
    This year’s committee members, Taylor Harned, Mike Hamilton, Terrence Lightcap, and Sophia DePasquale, registered 94 participants at the Circle on Sunday, a field that included strollers and half a dozen dogs, and sent them on their way in clockwise fashion around Montauk’s Fort Pond.
    Mike Bahel, the Body Tech fitness centers’ owner, was the overall winner, Caroline Cashin won among the women, and Bahel’s daughter, Alysa, was the first to finish among the under-16s.
    “For the first time, we gave a prize to the winner of the stroller category — Rachel McAllister,” said Sue Farnham, who added, in answer to a question, “No, we didn’t give any prizes in the dog division — we don’t want to encourage too many to come.”
    Farnham, whose husband, Dan, was the race’s official starter, and who ran, said, “We usually raise about $1,500. Each year the money goes to a different family whose need we learn about through the school.”
    A similar number of runners — 85 — were drawn on Saturday to the East Hampton Rotary Club’s Spring Into Action 5K at the East Hampton Day Care Center, a race that was followed by a one-miler and a 400-meter dash for children on the adjacent field behind the John M. Marshall Elementary School.
    Xavier McCormack, an 11-year-old Springs School fifth grader, won the mile in an estimated time of 5 minutes and 39 seconds. Not long ago, he ran the Katy’s Courage 5K in Sag Harbor in 27 minutes.
    “Are there any other races out here specifically for children?” Maureen Wikane, the Day Care Learning Center’s executive director, asked this writer, who said he didn’t know of any.
    “We got a good turnout,” she continued. “Most of these children are [Day Care] alumni.”
    Harry Hackett, 39, of Bridgehampton, who has been the one responsible for the appearances of Bill Rodgers and Joan Benoit Samuelson at the Shelter Island 10K in recent years, won the 5K, in 19:57. Sharon McCobb, 47, who was fifth over all, was the women’s winner, in 21:54.
    J.B. Stewart, 9, of East Hampton, Thomas Treadwell, 10, of Amagansett, and Michael Jarrin, 9, of East Hampton were the top three in the boys 14-and-under division. The top three girls in that category were Amanda Calabrese, 13, of Wainscott, Lilah Minetree, 13, of Sag Harbor, and Jacqui Thorsen, 12, of East Hampton.
    Speaking of McCobb, she has, among a number of others, been working with the 20 Springs School girls who are members of Theresa Roden’s I-Tri program, which is designed to raise self-esteem through triathlon training.
    “We’ve doubled our numbers since last year,” Roden said. “Sharon’s our athletic director and trainer. We get together twice a week. We talk about self-esteem issues on Thursdays during school and afterward we go to different fitness studios for free workouts — we’ve had a spin class at B-East, we’ve done Zumba with Olivia and had a fitness class with Rosie at the Y, we’ve done yoga chanting with Steve — and on Saturday and Sunday mornings, from 10:30 to 12:30, we train at the Y with several of its instructors.”
    Roden added that “the Rotary Club has given us two brand-new bikes, and Chris Pfund of the Montauk Bike Shop, who has been a big supporter, provides us with free maintenance and sells us bikes at cost. We still need bikes, though. We’re hoping to raise some money to buy more of them.”
    One of the goals of I-Tri’s workouts is to prepare the girls to compete in the youth triathlon — comprising a 300-yard swim in Gardiner’s Bay, a seven-mile bike leg, and a one-and-one-half-mile run — which is to be held at Maidstone Park in Springs July 24.