The Tables Were Turned at Ellen’s Run

Robert Beit won the 5K in 16 minutes and 48 seconds
Howard Lebwith, who celebrated his 83rd birthday Sunday, walked the 3.1-mile course. Jack Graves

   The 18th running of Ellen’s Run, a popular road race founded by Dr. Julie Ratner in memory of her late sister, Ellen P. Hermanson, whose death was caused by breast cancer, was won by Robert Beit, 19, one of three proteges Cliff Clark took to Southampton Sunday morning from Shelter Island.
    In winning the 5K, in 16 minutes and 48 seconds, Beit, a Deerfield Academy graduate who’s soon to be a freshman at New York University, avenged himself on the 22-year-old Golden Gloves boxer and Springs resident, Luis Mancilla, who outkicked Beit in the final yards last year.
    Mancilla, who plans to give the Golden Gloves “one more shot” in the 132-pound class, said he led through the first two miles of the 3.1-mile race, but was passed in the final mile by a Hampton Bays 16-year-old, Nicholas Berglin, and by Beit, who, with a half-mile remaining, began the kick that would result in his victory.
    “I guess he learned his lesson last year,” Mancilla said of Beit, who, when asked what he thought of his coach, replied, “He’s great — he knew Prefontaine, so he knows his stuff.”
    His time had not been a “p.r.,” but he was happy with it, said the winner, who’ll soon be running cross-country for N.Y.U. in Central and Van Cortlandt Parks.
    Clark said later that he really didn’t have anything to do with Beit’s strategy. “He’s a seasoned runner and was well coached in high school Luis beat him out in the final 100 meters last year. This time, he began to put it down with 800 meters to go and nobody could stay with him.”
    Beit was one of three trainees Clark took to Ellen’s Run, the others being 16-year-old Connor Bindler, who studies in England, and 17-year-old Harry Helbock, a state-level wrestler from Cohasset, Mass. Bindler was ninth over all, in 17:44, and Helbock was 31st, in 19:53, “which was pretty amazing,” said Clark, “considering that he ran Ellen’s in 28 minutes three years ago. It was the first time he’d broken 20 minutes.”
    The women’s winner, and fifth over all, was Tessa Barrett, 17, of Waverly, Mass., in 17:04. Kira Garry, a junior at Yale who spends summers in Montauk, was the runner-up, in 17:34.
    Garry was to have returned on Monday to Yale, where she’s a member of the women’s cross-country team, which was ranked 22nd in the country last year in Division 1. She said the team hopes to go to the nationals this fall.
    East Hampton High School was well represented by Jack Link and Eric Perez, not to mention Diane O’Donnell, the girls’ cross-country team’s coach, who won her 60-64 age group in 26:45.
    Link, 16, who had the week before won the Miss Amelia’s Cottage 2-miler in Amagansett, placed fourth Sunday. Perez, 15, of Montauk, was 13th, in 18:30.
    Mancilla (16:55), Berglin (16:56), and Link (16:58) whisked over the finish line one after the other.
    The top 10 was rounded out by Jason Hancock, 39, an Amagansett School teacher, who was sixth in 17:23; 39-year-old Amar Kuchinad (17:30), a former Harvard miler; Garry; Bindler, and Eric Wittenberg, 19, of Water Mill, who was 10th in 18:17.
    There were 44 breast cancer survivors among the 813 finishers. Judi Donnelly of Wellesley, Mass., was the top-finishing survivor, and 103rd over all, in 24:25.
    Runners from here who won their age groups included Olivia Boccia and Evan Boccia, both of East Hampton, 11-and-under; Perez, 12-15; Link, 16-19; Daniel Marrow of East Hampton, 20-24; Jessie van Binsbergen of East Hampton, 25-29; Hancock, 35-39; Fiona Moore of East Hampton, 40-44; Patricia Fall Salamy of East Hampton, 45-49; O’Donnell, 60-64; Anne-Renee Testa of East Hampton, 70-74; Maureen Goldberg of Amagansett, 75-79, and Diane Lewis and Blaire Stauffer, both of Sag Harbor, 80-plus.
    Barbara Borsack, an East Hampton Village Board member and a breast cancer survivor, headed the 60-strong Strong Connection team.