Gubbins Running Ahead Entries Indeed Ran Ahead

Hagen, whose time was 1 hour, 11 minutes, and 5 seconds, and Cusack (1:14:41), a former steeplechase competitor, were teammates at Virginia Tech.
Ryan Hagen, left, won Saturday’s half-marathon and his Sag Harbor housemate, Jason Cusack, was third, about three minutes behind. Jack Graves

     Two Gubbins Running Ahead employees, Ryan Hagen and Jason Cusack, went one-three in Saturday’s Hamptons Half-Marathon, one of three races put on by Diane Weinberger and Amanda Moszkowski under the Hamptons Marathon banner.

    Of the three — the marathon, the half, and the 5K — the half-marathon has become the most popular, by far, with 1,496 finishers this year. The marathon, which was won by Aaron Mendelsohn, 39, of New York City, had 335 finishers, and the 5K, won by John Fisher, 22, of Middletown, Conn., had 261.

    Hagen, whose time was 1 hour, 11 minutes, and 5 seconds, and Cusack (1:14:41), a former steeplechase competitor, were teammates at Virginia Tech. Hagen’s been working at Running Ahead’s New Balance store here since early in the summer. Cusack arrived here a few days ago. They share a house with Barbara and Justin Gubbins’s son, Geary, in Sag Harbor, and on Friday, when asked about the next day’s races, Geary Gubbins predicted that his housemates would probably win the half.

    Recently, Hagen, a second-team all-American last year in the distance medley relay, and Cusack placed one-two in Virginia Tech’s invitational 8K cross-country race.

    Barbara Gubbins, who’s 53, and who is to be the pacer for the 8:00-per-mile group in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 3, ran in the half too, and won the women’s 50-to-54 division in 1:38:16.

    “We’ll be here at least through next summer,” Hagen said, adding that “we’re training for the U.S.A. indoor and outdoor championships. The outdoor championships will be in Des Moines next June; the indoor championships are to be in Albuquerque in either February or March. Our main goal is the outdoor championships. I’ll do the 1,500, and Jason will do the steeplechase. He’s the A.C.C. champion in the event and set a school record.”

    Barbara Gubbins, before she left for work, said the next race for Hagen would be the Mayor’s Cup cross-country race “for all the top guys in the East,” in Boston on Oct. 27.

    The women’s winner — and fourth over all — in the half was a first-timer, Delilah DiCrescenzo of New York City, in 1:15:04, setting a women’s record, according to the announcer, Terry Bisogno, “by 11 minutes.”

    Interestingly DiCrescenzo, who said she hoped to debut at the coming New York marathon in “around 2:35,” which, if she does so, would probably put her among the top five Americans, is the subject of a popular song, “Hey There, Delilah,” sung by the band Plain White T’s.

    DiCrescenzo, a 30-year-old pro who’s sponsored by Puma, competed in the steeplechase for Columbia University, and vied in the Olympic steeplechase trials of 2008 and 2012. New York will be her first marathon, she said.

    The women’s winner in the 5K was Marissa Smith, 26, of New York City, who’s known as Isang. The former Columbia hurdler placed third over all, in 19:09, also said to be a record. Laura Brown, 46, of Westhampton Beach, another Gubbins employee, was the runner-up — and sixth over all — in 19:42.

    An East Hampton 11-year-old sixth grader, Adrian Forrester, placed 19th in 22:21, good news for Bill Herzog, who coaches the middle school’s junior high cross-country and track teams. Four places behind Forrester was Skyler Moran, also 11, an East Hampton junior traveling soccer teammate of Forrester’s, and a student at Trinity in Manhattan, in 22:55.

    Among the volunteers that day were members of Don Reese’s championship East Hampton Youth Basketball team, an impressive group that has S.Y.S. and A.A.U. tournament titles to its credit.

    Among Reese’s charges handing out medals to the races’ finishers were Jack Suter, Jack Reese, Shane O’Dwyer, and Kevin, Cairn, Ryan, and Dylan Fee.

    Adam and Dana Cebulski, top East Hampton High School cross-country competitors, were also there, working the water stop at the finish line.

    “These kids are eighth graders now. They’ve won eight straight championships — regular-season and tournaments — since I began coaching them in the third grade,” Don Reese said.

    Most recently, this group won the Kings of Cow Harbor A.A.U. tourney, defeating teams from New York City and Long Island.

    “They’re off for the moment,” said Reese in answer to a question. “We’ll pick it up again in February after school ball finishes, though we might play in a couple of tournaments in the meantime, including S.Y.S.’s eight-team holiday tournament in mid-December.”

    “We’ve got some real talented third graders,” Reese added. “They’re going to be very good.”

    A volunteer who ran in the half, Jimmy Read, Shelter Island’s police chief, said after crossing the line, “Diane and Amanda do such a good job with this — they work so hard that you want to volunteer. I was here with them setting up for six hours yesterday. . . . It’s one of the best weather days they’ve ever had . . . perfect.”

    Southampton Hospital and Project MOST were among the event’s beneficiaries.