There will be two sporting events of note here this weekend — Swim Across America’s long-distance Hamptons Swim races in Gardiner’s Bay, a fund-raiser for cancer research, which are to be held, from 6 to 10 a.m., at Fresh Pond Beach in Amagansett, and the Firecracker 8K road race, whose start-finish line is across the street from Lake Agawam Park in Southampton, at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
Rod McClave’s winning time in last year’s Hamptons Swim’s 5K race, 43 minutes and 31 seconds, prompted Gerry Oakes, a Swim Across America board member and chairman of its Nassau-Suffolk committee, to say that “45 minutes for a 5K would be the time of a 20-year-old Olympian. A masters swimmer [McClave is 37], somebody in good shape in his 30s or 40s, would swim a 5K in around an hour and 15 minutes.”
Wally Glennon announced this week that the top 16 female professional squash doubles players in the world are to play in a $20,000 tournament at the Elmaleh-Stanton courts at the Southampton Recreation Center from next Thursday through the morning of July 15, a Sunday. There will also be a pro-am, he said, that is to benefit the Southampton Squash program, “a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to provide access to the game of squash to all members of the Hamptons community.” Admission to the tourney is free.
In other S.Y.S. squash news, Sayed Selim, the Egyptian-born pro who was succeeded for a spell at S.Y.S. by Mike Weston, has returned. Glennon said Selim is here full time in the summer, and, in the off-season, coaches during the week in New York City and during the weekends at S.Y.S.