On Saturday, June 15, Shelter Island hosted its 40th Anniversary 10K/5K. There were approximately 1660 registered runners along the USA track and field certified course. Funds from the race went to several East End charities.
Peter Hawkins of Malverne, 55, won the wheelchair race, coming in at 37:30.71 followed by William Lehr of Shelter Island, 61, coming in at 41:06.07.
Placing for the 10K was Eliud Ngetich of Briarwood, 25, in first place with a time of 29:49.19, averaging a 4:48-minute mile. Tariku Demelash Abera, 24, of New York City, came in second at 29:59.71. In third was Urgesa Kedir Figa, 23, of New York City, coming in at 30:02.53.
Samuel Gotts, from New York City, 26, came in first for the 5K with a time of 17:38.96, a 5:47-mile. Behind him at second was Walter McNamara, 45, from Brooklyn, with a time of 19:46.15. In third was a 41-year-old from Long Island City, Pavel Alexanderov, with a time of 20:03.92.
The milestone 40-year celebration brought out several celebrities who participated. Former Olympians Benji Durden and Kyle Heffner, who both competed on the 1980 Olympic team both competed in this year’s 10K. Heffner, 64, from McKinney, TX, placed 75th with 43:14.28 and a 6:58-minute mile. Durden, 67, from Boulder, CO came in 294th at 51:19.30 and a 8:16-minute mile.
Other famed competitors were Bill Rodgers, former Olympian and four-time NYC Marathon winner, as well as a four-time Boston Marathon winner. At 71, Rodgers placed 334th with a 52:23.53 time, an 8:26-mile. Olympic Gold Medal winner and first-ever women’s Olympic marathon champion, Joan Benoit Samuelson ran a time of 40:26.93, placing the 62-year-old in 48th place with a 6:31-minute mile.