By Gavin Menu; photography by Michael Heller
Nearly 900 runners competed Saturday in the inaugural Bridgehampton Half-Marathon, which was created by Diane Weinberger and Amanda Moszkowski, the founders of the Hamptons Marathon and Half-Marathon, held in each year in September in East Hampton. The race serves as a benefit for the Bridgehampton Museum and Southampton Hospital, with a portion of the proceeds also going toward renovations of the Nathaniel Rogers House in Bridgehampton.
Chris Koegel, 30, of Malverne won the race with a time of 1:16:57, a 5:53 mile pace, which put him more than three minutes ahead of the second-place finisher, Abel Rosales, 33, of New York City (1:20:03). Brendan Brazier, 39, of Topanga, California, was third overall with a time of 1:20:41.
“It was a beautiful course,” Koegel said. “I’ve been going to Sagg Main ever since I was a kid, so it was fun to run through some familiar roads. Beautiful, quiet, nice. I enjoyed the whole thing.”
Michelle Rorke, 30, of New York was the overall female winner with a time of 1:28:28 (6:54 mile), which was good for ninth overall. Lindsay Crouse, 29, of New York finished second (1:29:09) and Southampton’s Barbara Gubbins, 54, finished third in 1:30:21.
“What a beautiful course,” Rorke said in the moments after the race. “It was really fun to get out of the city and into some fresh air.”
Sag Harbor resident Sinead Fitzgibbon, 44, finished sixth overall among females, and first in her age group, with a time of 1:31:05. Tiger Britt, 17, a student at Pierson High School, finished in 44th place with a time of 1:37:05.
Complete results are available at flrrt.com.
Michael Heller contributed reporting to this article.