Flocked Together

The races were co-sponsored by the East Hampton Town Parks and Recreation Department and John Keeshan Realty
That’s Bella Tarbet, a promising sixth grader who was to be the female winner of the 3-miler, at right. Jack Graves

In the latest of several recent athletic competitions in Montauk, Blane Bossung, in the 3-miler, and Tim Rossi, in the 6-miler, won the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trots there, races that were co-sponsored by the East Hampton Town Parks and Recreation Department and John Keeshan Realty.

Had Erik Engstrom, East Hampton High School’s all-state cross-country runner, been in the 3-miler (he ran, instead, with his coaches, Kevin Barry and Paul Hamilton, in the 6) Bossung, whose time was 16 minutes and 40.4 seconds, would in all likelihood have had a race on his hands. 

Engstrom’s county-championship teammate Geo Espinoza was the runner-up to Bossung, in 16:56.5, and another Bonac runner, Jimmy Makrianes, was third, in 17:00.4. 

Yet another teammate of Engstrom’s, Erik Perez, placed third in the 6-miler, in 35:26.3. 

There were 645 finishers in 3-mile loop around Fort Pond, 99 in the two-loop 6-miler. 

Geary Gubbins, whose mother, Barbara Gubbins, 55, was the female winner in the 6 (and eighth over all, in 39:29.6), said that “Geronimo,” with whom he ran in the 3-miler, “was the first dog across the line,” in 21:39.6. 

Barbara Gubbins, who won the Rotary 5K outright here on Aug. 1 — the first time she had been an overall winner of a race, she thought, “since the mid-80s” — was to have been honored as the Old Montauk Athletic Club’s female athlete of the year at the club’s holiday dinner at the South Fork Country Club Monday night.

Alyssa Bahel, an East Hampton High School runner, was the runner-up to Gubbins (12th over all) in 40:07.3. Engstrom, East Hampton High’s first-ever county champion, and Barry’s assistant, Hamilton, a former county champion when he was a student at Longwood some years ago, crossed the 6-mile finish line together, in 42:06.8. Barry was not far behind, in 24th place, in 42:56.0.

Bella Tarbet, a young runner who looks very promising, was the female winner in the 3-miler (and 15th over all) in 19:13.7. Ava Engstrom, Erik’s 11-year-old sister, who was the runner-up to Caroline Cashin among the females on Nov. 15 in the Dock Race, a 3.4-miler, from downtown Montauk to the Dock bar and restaurant, is also said to be a comer. “She was on my heels the whole way,” said Cashin. Ditto Tarbet, who’s also 11, and Gubbins.

The Cashins, whose fitness studio is behind Villa Italian Specialties, near the East Hampton Village railroad station, oversaw a Brewathon in Montauk on Nov. 21, a relay competition that comprised a 5,000-meter ergometer machine row, a 15K bike, a 5K run, and a 2,500-meter row.

The winners were the Indian Wells Tavern team of Dennis Loebs, Dan Farnham, Luis Mancilla, and Sinead FitzGibbon. Irish Clams at Work (Bill Costello, John Barley Dunne, Fiachra Hallissey, and Caroline Cashin) were the runners-up, and Tir na Og, which means “Forever Young” (Tom O’Donoghue, Ed Cashin, Michelle Miller, and Tony Dick), placed third among the 26 teams.

Last year, chuggers were in the relays, and were considered key participants, though this time, Caroline Cashin said, “there were no chuggers in the relays, though CrossFit won the ‘chug-o-war’ in front of the Montauk Brewery afterward.”

The Brewathon, she continued, “raised $6,000 for Henry Sjoman, who is legally blind now as the result of an A.T.V. accident last year. . . . The Old Montauk Athletic Club helped us put the Brewathon on, and Sue Farnham, Dan’s wife, did the timing. The race doesn’t happen without her.”

FitzGibbon, a physical therapist who served as Caroline Cashin’s trainer in the seven weeks leading up to the New York City Marathon, “competed with three teams. She did the end row for the team that won, she biked for another, and was the first rower for another.”

Cashin, one of three who ran New York — the others were Hallissey and Mike Bahel — said that Jim Divan, 57, of the Shiny Pants team, had been the fastest rower, that Farnham had had the fastest bike time, and that Mancilla, a boxer from Springs, had been the fastest runner.

The first dog was Geronimo, a Portuguese water dog belonging to Geary Gubbins’s sister, Megan. Starting at the back of the pack, Geronimo placed 42nd in 21:39.6. Jack Graves