Lara DeSanti Siska, the incoming president of the East Hampton Rotary Club, was buoyant despite the at-times heavy rain Saturday morning that cut into the turnout for the first Rotary 10 and 5K races at Amagansett’s Fresh Pond Park in three years.
“Rain doesn’t deter serious runners — pretty much all the registrants for the 10K came out, but a number of those who signed up for the 5K didn’t,” said the races’ timer, Bob Beattie, from the shelter of his van.
“Yes, I ran,” Paul Maidment, of East Hampton, said afterward. “I don’t know why,” the English-born 65-year-old (and 10th-place 10K finisher) added, with a smile. “Really the only deterrents for runners are lightning and ice. Otherwise, you run.”
The winner of the 10K, whose field numbered 20, was a Gubbins Running Ahead employee (and former Fordham miler), Kevin Harvey, 22, in 33 minutes and 59.7 seconds. Harvey’s co-worker (who wasn’t there that day) Nick Lemon, who ran at Stony Brook University, won the Southampton Rotary Club’s Firecracker 8K last month.
“I left my racing shoes at home, I didn’t push it too much,” said Harvey, who may do Ellen’s Run in Southampton on Aug. 17.
The 10K’s runner-up, in 36:189, was Luis Ramirez, 23, of Southampton. He said he’s been hampered lately by a foot problem, and that when his foot was well, “I can run a 10K in 32 or 33.”
Erik Engstrom, 16, an East Hampton High School cross-country and track competitor, who came with his cross-country coach, Kevin Barry, was third in the 10K, in 37:05.3.
Miguel Castillo, a 34-year-old chef from Barcelona who works at Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk, and who came with three other Ruschmeyer chefs, Jose Luis Carrero, Jessica Tree, and David Soto, won the 5K, in 23:39.7, besting nine other equally sodden competitors.
One of them, Gabino Cruz, 35, of Shirley, whose two children, Jonathan and Catherine, huddled with Pat Gilchrest and Karen Collins under an overhang as they waited for the runners to come in, splayed out on the ground after finishing the 5K, in third place, in 24:12.7.
The women’s winners were Nancy Labiner, 45, of Brooklyn, in the 10K (in 43:02.9), and Tree, who lives in Poway, Calif., in the 5K (in 24:16.0).
One of the 10K’s participants, Mike Davis, a former East Hamptoner who now lives in Aquebogue, will run on a team memorializing the late Lance Cpl. Jordan C. Haerter in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., in October. “His mother, Joanne Lyles, gave me this Jordan Haerter Team shirt, right after I did New York in November,” Davis said. The Marine Corps Marathon would be his third, he said.
“We really appreciate your coming out,” Siska said before handing out the medals.
In parting, she said, “Thank you again. Go home and take a hot shower and drink some hot cocoa.”