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Hundreds Expected At Annual Greenport John May Mile And 5K

Anastasia Lennon

Last year's race drew a crowd. (Courtesy Photo)

The 13th Annual John May Mile and 5K to benefit the Greenport Fire Deparment (GFD) will take place on Saturday, May 12 at One Brecknock Road in Greenport. This year, Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flately will be honored with the 2018 Older Americans Champion Award. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to take on the one-mile walk/run or the 3.1-mile run.

Presented by Peconic Landing, the first John May Mile event was held in 2005, under a different name, and has since raised nearly $240,000 for the GFD. Last year's event, which raised $24,800, helped the department purchase, refurbish, and fix rescue equipment - including the fire bell - that are integral to its operations and the safety of its volunteers. Additionally, the funds allowed GFD to have a picnic for members and their families.

The event was renamed to the John May Mile in 2016 to honor John May of Southold for serving as a chairman on the Board of Trustees and contributing to the Peconic Landing community for many years.

"The annual donation means a great deal to us," said GFD Chief Jeffrey Weingart. "It allows us to purchase items which are not normally within our budget. We were able to purchase about 50 trench coats to complement the department uniforms in case of inclement weather during events. The Greenport Fire Department members and their families truly appreciate the generous donations from Peconic Landing's John May Mile event for the past 12 years."

Peconic Landing expects more than 400 participants and 150 volunteers this year, including students from local school districts to help throughout the day. The event is also kid-friendly and will have a "Kid Fun Zone" with activities for many ages. Additionally, there will be a yoga warm-up for walkers and runners with personal trainers from Peconic Landing.

Following the walk/run, there will be a barbecue lunch with live music and an awards ceremony for the Older Americans Champion Award on the back lawn of Brecknock Hall. The annual award is given to local individuals or organizations for their years of service and/or dedication to older Americans and particularly seniors on the East End. Gift certificates and donated goods will be raffled off with all proceeds going to GFD.

This year's honoree, Martin Flately, has been in law enforcement for over four decades.

"As Police Chief, he helps educate and advocate for the needs of seniors in the community and understands what it takes to keep our seniors safe. It is very fitting that we recognize him with the 2018 Older Americans Champion Award," said Robert J. Syron, President/CEO of Peconic Landing.

Registration and stretching begin at 8 a.m. at Brecknock Hall, and the race/walk starts at 10 a.m. Entry fees for the 5K are $20 for pre-registration, $15 for students, and $25 for day-of registration. Fees for the John May Mile are $10 per adult, $5 for 14 and under or 55 and older.

To register for the John May Mile & 5K race or learn more about Peconic Landing, please visit peconiclanding.org.

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