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Montauk Turkey Trot: Harborites Set the Table

Posted on 05 December 2009

Sag Harbor was well represented Thanksgiving Day at the East Hampton Town Parks & Recreation Department’s 33rd annual “Run for Fun” in Montauk. Running before the weekend’s whipping winds blew in, the getting-ready-to-feast competitors had seasonably cool temperatures and a light breeze.

Leading the three-mile finishers was Sag Harbor’s Craig Gaites, who came in at 15 minutes, 38 seconds, a pace of five minutes, thirteen seconds per mile. With many local runners turning out, along with a good number of holiday visitors, the results for the 368 participants were peppered with hometowns both near and far.

Those close to Sag Harbor amongst the leaders included Wainscott’s Liam McGovern, age 12, the son of Pierson social studies teacher and boys’ varsity soccer coach Donnelly McGovern. The younger McGovern completed the three-mile run in 21:06, a 7:02 pace, to place 35th overall.

Brendan Mott, at 21:50, Domingo Perez, at 22:19, Sean Crowley, at 22:38, and Aidan Crowley, age 11, at 27:42, topped the other Sag Harbor finishers.

Theo Santo, 18, of West Islip, prevailed as the leader on the six-mile course, coming in at 33:50, a 5:38 pace. Not far behind was Sag Harbor’s John Broich, finishing in 38:20, a 6:23 pace. Coach McGovern ran a respectable 43:42 on the longer course, but found his son posted a faster pace; the coach’s 7:17 not quite up to Liam’s sparkling 7:02.

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