SHELTER ISLAND 5K: Winner Ran for His Cousin, Joe Theinert

It was “an honor to run on Shelter Island for Joe”
Chris Koegel led about 600 finishers across the line. Carrie Ann Salvi

   A record turnout enjoyed an extraordinarily warm October day at Crescent Beach on Saturday for the Shelter Island Fall 5K run and walk. Mary Ellen Adipietro, the race’s director, said on Monday that 670 had registered and almost 600 finished the race, a benefit for the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital and the North Fork Breast Health Coalition.
    The winner was Chris Koegel, a 29-year-old from Malverne and a relative of the Theinert family of Sag Harbor and Shelter Island. Koegel’s time was 16 minutes and 39 seconds, close to his personal best. He has run the Shelter Island 10K, but it was his first 5K on the island, he said, calling it a “beautiful course.”
    As his relatives were out of town running an Army 10-miler in Washington, D.C., it was “an honor to run on Shelter Island for Joe,” he said, speaking of his cousin Lt. Joseph Theinert, who was killed in Afghanistan. Wearing a “Joey” shirt, he said, “I also know my grandma would have been excited.” Patricia Theinert died in August. “It is one of the first times we stayed in Sag Harbor without her . . . she is greatly missed.”
    Janelle Kraus Nadeau, 34, of Shelter Island and Madison, Conn., was the winner among women, in a time of 18:49. Cliff Clark, her former high school coach, who was on hand as a volunteer, recalled when she was a decorated athlete at Shelter Island High before she went on to Wake Forest. Her running career at that university involved indoor and outdoor 5,000-meter Atlantic Coast Conference championships in her senior year and earned her a spot in its Hall of Fame. She qualified for the N.C.A.A. championships in that event and barely missed qualifying for the Olympic trials.
    Now, however, a 1-year-old baby is on her hip, though that doesn’t seem to slow her down. A regular at the Shelter Island races, she ran with a bridal veil a few years ago and then got married that afternoon. Her husband, Bill Nadeau, 36, finished first in his age group and sixth over all in 19:09 on Saturday.
    Bryan Knipfing, a 28-year-old Shelter Islander, took second over all with a time of 18:36, and John Cline of Boston took third in 18:45.
    Barbara Gubbins, 52, of the Gubbins Running Ahead stores, was at the race as a sponsor and a runner, finishing second over all among women in 19:34, crossing the finish line a few seconds after Rom Tubatan, 35, of Wainscott. Lorna Cook, 52, of East Hampton, was the first female racewalker to come in, with a time of 29:45.
    Also awarded that day was Holly Mott, 39, of Mattituck, who took first among runners who were breast cancer survivors.
    Adipietro said it was exciting that more teams have gotten involved, some with up to 50 members, taking part for survivors or victims of the disease, which kills more than 180,000 women a year in this country. The race was dedicated to Teresa Montant of Shelter Island, who died of cancer a year ago.
    The event raised about $22,000, to be split between the Coalition for Women’s Cancers and the Breast Health Coalition, Adipietro said. A raffle generated an additional $3,000 for Lucia’s Angels, which helps East Enders who have breast cancer with baby-sitting, ambulatory trips, therapeutic spa services, and assistance with bills such as health insurance premiums, home heating, automobile repairs, and groceries.