The East End of Long Island hosts a number of races throughout the season, with the most prevalent being the 5K (3.1 miles). Area races provide the perfect opportunity to indulge in a burst of summer exercise. Funds raised benefit admirable charities, and many races offer discounted fees or shorter fun runs for younger kids. Check out a sampling of this summer’s lineup:
8TH ANNUAL CHRISTOPHER’S RUN 5K
June 6, 9:30 a.m.
Benefits the Christopher Lester Fund; proceeds go to Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant Program at Duke University. $25 pre-registered/$30 day of race/$5 kids’ fun run. Agawam Park, Southampton at Veteran’s Hall. christophersrun.com
TURBO TRI 2014
June 20, 5 p.m.
300-yard swim, 7-mile bike, 1.5-mile run. Race hard and fast or just “tri” for fun. All ability levels, ages 17 and up. Maidstone Park in Springs. Tickets available for after-race celebration with dinner, drinks and music, $25. Benefits i-tri. 516-617-5721 itrigirls.org
36TH ANNUAL SHELTER ISLAND 10K AND 5K
June 20, 5:30 p.m.
New this year: the 5K, previously a fun-run, is now a race. Run with Olympians, including Meb Keflezighi! Benefits East End Hospice, Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch and the SI Run Community Fund. $50 day of race. shelterislandrun.com
SOUTHAMPTON ROTARY FIRECRACKER 8K
July 5, 8 a.m.
Benefits the Southampton Rotary Scholarship Fund. $25 before July 4/$30 day of. 25 Pond Lane, Southampton. firecracker8k.com
25TH ANNUAL JOE KOZIARZ MEMORIAL CERTIFIED 5K RUN AND WALK
July 18, 7 a.m.
Begins on Main Street in front of the Westhampton Beach Post Office. whbcc.org
STRIDES FOR LIFE 10
August 9, 8:45 a.m.
3-mile fun run/walk hosted by the Lung Cancer Research Foundation. $45, $3 sign-up fee. 2 Pond Lane, Southampton.
20TH ANNUAL ELLEN’S RUN 5K
August 16, 9 a.m.
Benefiting the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital. Parrish Memorial Hall at Southampton Hospital, Southampton. ellensrun.com