Keating Beat the Heat at Bridgehampton Half-Marathon

The winning time was 1 hour, 22 minutes, and 32 seconds
Jared Keating (425) was to be the 13.1-mile race’s winner. Craig Macnaughton

Jared Keating, a 34-year-old London-based investor who spent summers in Bridgehampton as he was growing up, won Saturday’s half-marathon there in 1 hour, 22 minutes, and 32 seconds.

It was “the third or fourth time” Keating, who played lacrosse at Princeton, has run Bridgehampton, and his highest finish, he said, after a silver heat sheet had been draped around him at the finish line on Ocean Road near the Beebe Windmill. Fourth was the best he’d ever done before.

Amanda Moszkowski, who, with Diane Weinberger, oversees the popular race (as well as the Hampton Marathon in the fall), said 950 had registered. There were 710 finishers. 

The runner-up, a surprise of sorts, inasmuch as he’d never run the 13.1-mile distance before, was Joshua Green, a 16-year-old Shelter Islander, whose father, Toby, coaches the county-champion cross-country team there. The week before, a teammate of Green’s, Kal Lewis, had won the Katy’s Courage 5K in Sag Harbor. Lewis, a precocious freshman, did not run Saturday, resting up as he was for a Sunday invitational at Brown University. 

Green, a lanky junior who looks like a runner, and who was wearing an Old Montauk Athletic Club singlet, said he was planning to run at Brown also. Ten miles was the longest he’d run theretofore, he said, adding that “I’m going to try to run at Brown, but who knows what will happen.”

As for Saturday’s race, he said as his father-coach came up to him, “I thought I was going to die . . . I don’t know what kept me going.”

Yet another S.I. teammate of Green’s, Jack Lang, who’s also 16, ran that day too, finishing 199th, in 1:54:09.

Nick Lemon, a former Gubbins Running Ahead employee who won every race he entered out here last year, is now in Boston, working at a Nike store there.

The women’s winner — and third over all — was Denise Mazzeo, 31, a former Kings Park High School and Villanova middle-distance runner who lives in New York City, where she works in the mergers and acquisitions field, whose demands often elbow running aside. 

In fact, she said, this was her “first race in four years. . . . It’s good to be out here, running with Long Islanders. It’s a very scenic course, though I definitely prefer 5Ks.”

She wasn’t all that happy with her time, she said, “though the conditions were difficult — hot and humid. I was in no-man’s-land for a good part of it. I had to talk myself into keeping up my pace. My mom was out there, and a couple of little girls during that lonely stretch cheered me on as I passed by them. That was the best part of the race.”

James Consiglio, a 56-year-old East Hamptoner who also is a very competitive tennis player, was fourth, in 1:27:58. The wind — in the runners’ faces at times, though at their backs heading for the barn, as it were — had been a factor as well, he said.

“I like the wind,” said Newsday’s John Hanc, who finished 41st in 1:37:05, and who won his 60-to-69 age group for the third straight year. “It definitely was not a P.R. day. My time was three minutes slower than last year, though I won my age group again . . . ‘pending a drug test,’ David Katz [the race’s timer] told me.”

Neither Weinberger nor Moszkowski has been running much lately, though they plan to add a 10K to the half-marathon next year, and will, they said, do it with Dr. Julie Ratner (one of Saturday’s spectators and the race director of Ellen’s Run, which is to be the 10K’s beneficiary). A former long-distance runner, Ratner became a racewalker after injuring her back some 20 years ago. “For 30 seconds, I was nationally ranked,” she said, with a laugh.

Southampton Hospital and the Bridgehampton Museum were beneficiaries of Saturday’s race. Ellen’s Run, which, among other efforts, funds the Ellen P. Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital, is to be held there on Aug. 20.

Weinberger and Moszkowski’s Hamptons Marathon, based at the Southampton Intermediate School, is to be contested on Sept. 23.