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Long Island Shows Up for Beacon of Hope 5K

Thu, 06/20/2024 - 18:01
There were 287 finishers in Saturday’s Beacon of Hope 5K in Montauk.
Jack Graves

Hours before the start of the Shelter Island 10K on Saturday, the Beacon of Hope 5K run/walk in Montauk kicked off as another successful fund-raiser for the Coalition for Women’s Cancers, drawing runners from all over Long Island, New York, and New Jersey to a race boasting some of the best views around.

“It was very successful, and a beautiful day,” said Stacy Quarty, the organization’s executive director.

Katie Couric was the honoree. She shared her own cancer journey with the audience, handed roses to other cancer survivors, and hugged every sweaty athlete who came up on stage to collect his or her medal.

Among the local medal winners was Emily Kenyon of Montauk, 34, the second-place women’s competitor and seventh-place overall finisher, with a time of 20:40.7. Erin Lyons of East Hampton, 17, placed third in the women’s run and 10th over all, with a time of 21:14.4.

Aidan Mega of Sag Harbor, 22, placed 13th over all. Three guys from Montauk claimed first in their respective divisions: Eddie Berrang, 42, was 14th and the first-place finisher in the men’s 40-to-44 category; Bruce Curtis, 59, was 15th over all and the first-place finisher in the men’s 55-to-59 category, and 13-year-old Augie Swain of Montauk took first in the youth division and placed 21st over all.

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