Big Haul For Katy’s Courage

A skate-a-thon raised more than $13,000

    Following Saturday’s ice show at the Buckskill Winter Club in East Hampton, the Katy’s Courage fund benefited from a skate-a-thon that, according to the club’s owner, Doug De Groot, raised more than $13,000.

    The fund, created in memory of the late Katy Stewart, who died three years ago as the result of a rare pediatric cancer, also benefited that day from a bake sale at Buckskill put on by her friends Rachael Pepper, Natalie Brooks, Micaley Nill, Emily Morrissey, Abigail Gianis, Audrey Owen, Annabel De Groot, and Cole Severance, all students at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor.

    The Katy’s Courage 5K run-walk, which drew about 1,200 participants last year, will be held in Sag Harbor on April 5. The race is to start at 8:30 a.m. on West Water Street.

    Last year’s winners were Erik Eng­strom, a member of East Hampton High School’s boys track team, and Sinead FitzGibbon of Sag Harbor. It was the second straight Katy’s Courage win for FitzGibbon, a physical therapist and endurance athlete. Her time was 19 minutes and 15.1 seconds. Engstrom’s time was 16:32.8, two seconds faster than his Bonac teammate, Adam Cebulski.