There were two sporting events of note on Sunday — the Red Devil long-distance bay swims in Amagansett that benefited East Hampton’s Ocean Rescue Squad, and Ellen’s (5K) Run in Southampton, a benefit for the Ellen P. Hermanson breast cancer foundation.
The run and walk drew a field of around 800. Fifty-one competitors swam in the swims.
Lori King, of Rockville Centre and Amagansett, had said at the recent Montauk Playhouse ocean challenge swims that she probably would not be able to make the ones in Amagansett this year because of her 18.5-mile Catalina channel attempt earlier in the week.
In reply to an email, the long-distance swimmer said she had, indeed, completed the channel swim — “the hardest thing I’ve done to date” — and now knew why a lot of people try that cold-water crossing and fail. She, likewise, had “wanted to give up,” but persisted.
Rod McClave, who retired from professional triathloning this past year, at the age of 40, won the 5K swim in Gardiner’s Bay, in 1 hour, 23 minutes, and 43 seconds — well ahead of the runner-up, Matt O’Gram, 53, of Sag Harbor, whose time was 1:36:03.
William Garry, a 54-year-old triathlete from Montauk, whose daughters, Kira and Katrina, are to be teammates this fall on Yale’s women’s cross-country team, placed fifth, in 1:52:06; Spencer Schneider, 54, of East Hampton, was sixth, in 1:58:53, and James Czarnecki, 50, of East Hampton, was seventh, in 2:00:41.
Sixteeen-year-old twins, Taylor and Sophia Griffin, finished one-two in the one-miler — Taylor in 28:15 and Sophia in 30:01.
Kevin Harvey, 22, who works at the Gubbins Running Ahead New Balance store in East Hampton, placed fourth, in 32:53; Cecilia De Havenon, 15, of East Hampton, was sixth, in 33:24; Amanda Nasti, 13, a junior lifeguard, was seventh, in 33:29; Jeremy Grosvenor, 44, of Sagaponack, an all-around waterman who has an outrigger canoe here, was ninth, in 35:49, and Audrey Taplitz, 11, of East Hampton, was 10th, in 35:59.
Steven Soldo, 45, of East Hampton, won the half-miler, in 17:02, followed by Ely Dickson, 10, of Montauk; Thinley Edwards, 8, of Montauk, John Edwards, 50, of Montauk, Cruz Camacho, 11, of Sag Harbor, Art McCann, 71, of East Hampton, Richard Jodi, 49, of New York City, Ada Merriman, 11, of New York City, and Isabella Tarbet, 11, of East Hampton.
As for Ellen’s Run, a 26-year-old Adelphi graduate student, Brendan McGann, who lives in Manhasset, won it, in 16:49, outlasting three others — Dylan Fine, 17, of Water Mill, Charles Scherr, 19, of New York City, and Luis Mancilla, 23, of Springs — who had started out with him.
Mancilla, who is weighing whether to become a professional boxer, won this race in 2012, in 16:39, and was the runner-up last year to Robert Beit of Shelter Island, a Cliff Clark trainee.
“I went in feeling pretty confident, but the competition was tough,” Mancilla said later. “I was third pretty much the whole way, until a guy who had been behind me passed me in the last half-mile.”
After the race, he said, he weighed himself for the first time this summer, and found that he was five pounds over his fighting weight of 132.
The women’s winner was Tara Farrell, 35, of East Quogue, who works at a Gubbins store in Southampton, in 18:48.
Barbara Gubbins said she would have done Ellen’s Run herself, “though I broke a toe the night before.”
Harvey, a former Fordham runner, had originally planned to do Ellen’s as well, but, nursing a tight calf muscle, opted for the Red Devil one-mile swim instead.
Barbara Gubbins said there would be a Gubbins relay team in the Mighty Hamptons Triathlon in September, comprising Harvey (swim), Aaron Szotka (bike), and Nick Lemon (run).
She and her daughter Megan will again pace the 3:30 marathoners at the New York City Marathon in November, Gubbins added.
Among the Ellen’s Run age-group winners were Lindsey Gallagher, 14, of Shelter Island; Josh Green, 14, of Shelter Island; Hannah Jungck, 16, of Sag Harbor; Mancilla; Agustin Cruz, 38, of Water Mill; Jason Hancock, 40, of Southampton; Diane O’Donnell, 63, of East Hampton; Charles Van Der Horst, 62, of Chapel Hill, N.C., and East Hampton; Arthur Nealon, 67, of East Hampton; Janice Young, 71, of Wainscott; Maureen Goldberg, 79, of Amagansett, and Blaire Stauffer, 80, of Sag Harbor.
The top walkers were Cheryl Armstrong, 27, of Riverhead, in 29:14, and Bob Ricker, 54, of Wayne, N.J., in 39:16. Judi Donnelly 57, of Southampton, was the winning breast cancer survivor, in 23:40.