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German, van Binsbergen Lead 1,000-Plus Crowd To Finish Line At Ellenís 5K

Originally Posted: August 18, 2008

Brett Mauser

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Luis German (781) sprints out to the front of the pack as the 13th annual race kicks off in East Hampton. Photos by Brett Mauser

East Hampton - As the horn sounded to signify the start of the 13th Annual Ellen's 5K Run/Walk, Luis German took off at a breakneck pace and disappeared behind East Hampton High School with close to 1,200 runners and walkers on his tail. When the 21-year-old emerged on the east end of the building and steered west on the aptly named Long Lane, he had already created space between he and the pack.

Southampton's Luis German surges ahead to a first-place finish with nary a
competitor on his tail at the end.

At the highest attended race in event history, the 2006 Southampton High graduate was in a class by himself, bolting to an impressive wire-to-wire win with a time of 16 minutes, 34 seconds.

The parade of participants across the finish line lasted more than an hour after the crowd of runners and walkers were first in motion. Julie Ratner, who first arranged to race in 1996 to honor the passing of her sister, Ellen Hermanson, for whom it's named, was blown away by the turnout.

"It's extraordinarily touching for people to come out," Ratner said. "It's moving. What's so unique is that it's really an event that's based on a lot of love and respect and on memory. Some really serious runners come out, but a bulk of people were there because they love someone. To me that was the pervasive emotion - as long as you put someone's name on your back, that person lives."

Hermanson was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989. A journalist by trade, Hermanson led a crusade to educate those about the need for funding and the challenges that come with the disease, as well as provide information on the availability of resources for survivors. She became an active member of the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship and helped found the Jewish Healing Center in New York. In 1992, the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert appointed her its first executive director. It wasn't until more than six years, including a recurrence in 1992, had passed that she finally succumbed to the disease after a hard-fought battle at age 42.

"She was strong in so many ways," Ratner said. "After a setback, she was always able to reach deeper inside herself to keep going and never give up hope. Part of that was provided by how she kept herself busy. She was involved in so much outreach so she never tired of trying to help people."

A Need For Speed
German was training for his junior cross country and track seasons at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut when he was coaxed by race founder Ratner to join. He'd been running upward of 90 miles per week but little over shorter distances where speed trumped endurance. With a vigorous college regimen, he saw Ellen's Run as an opportunity to test his limits.

"We have time trials coming up next week when we go back for pre-season, and I haven't done anything faster than like a 6:30 mile pace," German said. "I wanted to go out there uncomfortably hard and see how my body would adjust to it."

Jessica van Binsbergen (773) digs deep down the final straightaway to hold
off the hard-charging Barbara Gubbins (1101).

German won by 41 seconds over Christopher Nolan, who clocked a time of 17:15. Remsenburg's Louis Volle (17:55), Southampton's Jason Hancock (17:57) and New York City's Brendan Blaney (18:29) rounded out the overall top five. German's time was also the race's fastest since another former Mariner, Geary Gubbins, edged out Greg Destafano in the 2003 race with a time of 16:10. German said he drew energy from his fellow runners as well as the crowd.

"I loved how I was coming back and everybody was cheering for me all the way from a mile and some change out," German said. "That was really nice."

The women's race was far closer. Jessica van Binsbergen, a 2002 East Hampton graduate, led the field for the majority of the race. It wasn't until she turned on to the school's campus that she realized she had company. Race veteran Barbara Gubbins made a late charge to draw close to the race leader, yet van Binsbergen managed to cross the line five seconds in front with a time of 18:55.

"I didn't even know she was behind me until she was right there and people were cheering for her," van Binsbergen said.

At the University of Rochester, van Binsbergen ran cross country before graduating in 2006. She has continued running at the club level while attending veterinary school at the University of Edinborough in Scotland. She admitted to not having run a 5-kilometer race since her days in upstate New York.

"I was just feeling it out, and I felt pretty good," said van Binsbergen. "I was just seeing what I could hold."

Laura Byrnes, who was one of van Binsbergen's high school teammates and won the Amelia's Cottage Two-Mile Race the previous week, finished third among women (19:14). She was followed closely by Montauk's Kira Garry (19:42) and Heather Wright of Westhampton Beach (19:52).

Louis Volle (left) of Remsenburg, manages to hold off Jason Hancock (421) of
Southampton, as well as Brendan Blaney (761) for third place.


Division winners included Amagansett's Mike Bahel, the 2005 Ellen's champ, won the 40-44 male age group and took sixth overall (18:41). In seventh place was Bridgehampton's Jorge Flores, who won the 35-39 group (18:52). Of the 45- to 49-year-old men, Juan Perez of Water Mill crossed first in a time of 19:51, good for 18th place. Gregg Zwirn won the 25-29 male age group by running a 22:24.

Garry and Wright each were first across the line among women in their categories. Shelter Island's Lauren Laviola finished in 20 minutes on the nose to take 20th overall and take top honors in the 25-29 division. Other local winners among women included Dana Walsh (16-19; 21:00), Louisa Garry of Montauk (40-44; 20:54) and Lynn Green (60-64; 31:52).

Ratner realized that the Ellen's Run became a teenager with Sunday's race, it being the 13th installment. It's humbling that thousands of runners and walkers were in attendance, raising roughly $40,000 this year, not including sponsorships. During its campaign, the Ellen's Run fundraising efforts have raised well over $400,000 for the Southampton Hospital Breast Center, which was named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. Ratner says her work won't be done until a cure for the disease is found.

"My goal is to go out of business because we're not needed," Ratner said. "As long as we're needed, we're going to do it."

Hundreds of runners cruise the first few yards of the Ellen's Run/Walk 5K, which has raised more than $400,000 in its 13 years of raising breast cancer awareness.


ELLEN'S 5K RUN/WALK
Sunday, August 17; East Hampton
Place Name Age Sex City State Time Pace Age Place Age Total

1 Luis German 21 M Southampton NY 16:34.4 5:21 1 17
2 Christopher Nolan 24 M Princeton NJ 17:15.3 5:34 2 17
3 Louis Volle 24 M Remsenburg NY 17:55.4 5:47 3 17
4 Jason Hancock 34 M Southampton NY 17:57.7 5:47 1 12
5 Brendan Blaney 18 M New York NY 18:29.6 5:58 1 18
6 Peter Schicck 34 M West Sayville NY 18:33.9 5:59 2 12
7 Desmond McWeeney 16 M Long Island Cit NY 18:36.0 6:00 2 18
8 Mike Bahel 42 M Amagansett NY 18:41.8 6:02 1 20
9 Jorge Flores 37 M Bridgehampton NY 18:52.5 6:05 1 18
10 Jessica van Binsbergen 23 F E Hampton NY 18:55.0 6:06 1 34
11 Barbara Gubbins 48 F Southampton NY 19:00.0 6:07 1 40
12 Doroteo Soledad 32 M Water Mill NY 19:12.1 6:11 3 12
13 Laura Byrnes 22 F East Hampton NY 19:14.0 6:12 2 34
14 James Hunt 15 M Wading River NY 19:21.5 6:14 1 28
15 Matthew Greenblatt 18 M Port Wash. NY 19:29.2 6:17 3 18
16 Ben Decter 39 M Los Angeles CA 19:33.6 6:18 2 18
17 Kira Garry 15 F Montauk NY 19:42.4 6:21 1 43
18 Juan Perez 47 M Water Mill NY 19:51.7 6:24 1 18
19 Heather Wright 34 F Westhampton NY 19:52.8 6:24 1 34
20 Lauren Laviola 27 F Shelter Is Heig NY 20:00.1 6:27 1 24
21 Corso Rosati 14 M Montauk NY 20:05.8 6:29 2 28
22 Mark Larson 22 M Water Mill NY 20:06.0 6:29 4 17
23 Amiel Gross 34 M East Hampton NY 20:23.1 6:34 4 12
24 Felix Martinez 31 M Water Mill NY 20:24.8 6:35 5 12
25 Thomas Mullally 14 M Mastic Beach NY 20:36.5 6:38 3 28
26 Scott Johnson 35 M New York NY 20:48.4 6:42 3 18
27 Tyler McCully 17 M New York NY 20:52.1 6:43 4 18
28 Louisa Garry 43 F Montauk NY 20:54.2 6:44 1 60
29 Michael Salvarezza 48 M Setauket NY 20:57.1 6:45 2 18
30 Alexander Winter 18 M New York NY 20:58.3 6:45 5 18
31 James Connelly 45 M Chatham NJ 20:59.9 6:46 3 18
32 Dana Walsh 16 F Water Mill NY 21:00.1 6:46 1 20
33 Maryann Reilly 43 F East Hampton NY 21:03.4 6:47 2 60
34 Joseph Brida 57 M Miller Place NY 21:08.2 6:49 1 20
35 Christina Schaefer 23 F Southampton NY 21:11.3 6:50 3 34
36 Kathryn Botvin 19 F Scarsdale NY 21:11.5 6:50 2 20
37 Michael Pollak 31 M New York NY 21:14.2 6:51 6 12
38 Andrea Schieck 34 F West Sayville NY 21:24.7 6:54 2 34
39 Karen McGlade 40 F Amagansett NY 21:27.2 6:55 3 60
40 Sharon Zuhoski 54 F Middle Island NY 21:27.8 6:55 1 52
41 Carlos Hernandez 21 M East Hampton NY 21:30.6 6:56 5 17
42 Thomas McGlade 44 M Amagansett NY 21:32.7 6:57 2 20
43 Kevin Healy 41 M New York NY 21:33.8 6:57 3 20
44 Stephen Hedges 59 M Rochester NY 21:44.5 7:00 2 20


45 Mariela Quintana 19 F Brooklyn NY 21:46.7 7:01 3 20
46 Paul Maidment 57 M East Hampton NY 21:47.2 7:01 3 20
47 Tim Albrecht 40 M Jamison PA 21:48.6 7:02 4 20
48 Thomas Thorsen 17 M East Hampton NY 21:51.3 7:03 6 18
49 Catherine Sim 37 F Montclair NJ 21:53.6 7:03 1 38
50 Jordan Fields 0 F Commack NY 21:55.7 7:04 0 0
51 Ben Wallace 52 M Danbury CT 22:07.6 7:08 1 32
52 Bernadette Wiggin 48 F Poughkeepsie NY 22:15.6 7:10 2 40
53 Daniel Pettigrew 62 M East Brunswick NJ 22:16.2 7:11 1 26
54 David Ekizlan 35 M New York NY 22:18.5 7:11 4 18
55 Juan Munoz 24 M East Hampton NY 22:19.2 7:12 6 17
56 Douglas Weaver 44 M New York NY 22:20.3 7:12 5 20
57 Gregg Zwirn 27 M East Hampton NY 22:24.3 7:13 1 12
58 Campbell Weaver 14 M New York NY 22:25.5 7:14 4 28
59 Dermot Quinn 39 M East Hampton NY 22:28.8 7:15 5 18
60 Ed Sim 37 M Montclair NJ 22:30.0 7:15 6 18
61 Austin McGlone 14 M Mastic NY 22:37.9 7:18 5 28
62 Sharon Mc Cobb 44 F East Hampton NY 22:42.2 7:19 4 60
63 Jaqueline Minetree 48 F Sag Harbor NY 22:43.1 7:19 3 40
64 Jodi Richard 43 F New York NY 22:43.8 7:19 5 60
65 Joseph Grande 29 M New York NY 22:48.0 7:21 2 12
66 Charles Hevi 26 M Watermill NY 22:50.4 7:22 3 12
67 Erik Pettersson 21 M East Hampton NY 22:53.3 7:23 7 17
68 Daniel Kalin 56 M New York NY 22:54.6 7:23 4 20
69 Rebecca McDermott 25 F East Hampton NY 22:57.3 7:24 2 24
70 Cathryn Avallone 15 F Manhasset NY 23:08.5 7:27 2 43
71 Joanna Tschuryschenthaler 18 F E Hampton NY 23:09.6 7:28 4 20
72 Rob Digregorio 40 M Cutchogue NY 23:11.7 7:28 6 20
73 Daniel Holnacki 37 M New York NY 23:13.0 7:29 7 18
74 William Mills 55 M Greenport NY 23:15.7 7:30 5 20
75 Beatrice McWeeney 50 F Williston Park NY 23:16.5 7:30 2 52
76 John Maclachlan 39 M 23:20.3 7:31 8 18
77 Ryan Porricolo 11 M Pelham NY 23:21.0 7:31 1 30
78 Leon Seidman 50 M New York NY 23:22.9 7:32 2 32
79 Robert Taylor 48 M Atlntc Hghlnds NJ 23:23.8 7:32 4 18
80 Jake Haugevik 21 M Sag Harbor NY 23:26.8 7:33 8 17
81 George Lira 63 M Southampton NY 23:27.5 7:34 2 26
82 Claudia Cohen 21 F New York NY 23:30.1 7:34 4 34
83 Charlie Morgenstein 12 M Wainscott NY 23:30.6 7:35 6 28
84 Leslie Morgenstein 41 M Wainscott NY 23:31.2 7:35 7 20
85 Jeffrey Pribor 50 M Shelter Is Heig NY 23:34.3 7:36 3 32
86 Katherine Haveles 15 F New York NY 23:37.5 7:37 3 43
87 Aaron Vargas 16 M Montauk NY 23:37.6 7:37 7 18
88 David Hunt 54 M Wading River NY 23:37.7 7:37 4 32
89 Kristos Konstantinidis 43 M Pt Jefferson NY 23:43.5 7:39 8 20
90 Fabio Rosati 43 M Montauk NY 23:45.8 7:39 9 20
91 Steve Porricolo 45 M East Hampton NY 23:45.8 7:39 5 18


92 Nathalie Kirkwood 37 F Basking Ridge NJ 23:48.7 7:40 2 38
93 Ernest Krummenacker 51 M Commack NY 23:52.6 7:42 5 32
94 Jeanna Pagnotta 20 F Brooklyn NY 23:57.6 7:43 5 34
95 Paul Travis 55 M Southampton NY 23:58.3 7:43 6 20
96 Ken Fong 54 M East Hampton NY 24:05.8 7:46 6 32
97 Arthur Nealon 61 M East Hampton NY 24:13.8 7:48 3 26
98 Adam Parker-Levine 17 M Princeton NJ 24:14.5 7:49 8 18
99 James Fay 21 M Dedham MA 24:25.3 7:52 9 17
100 Beth Pollak 30 F New York NY 24:25.6 7:52 3 34
102 Meg Bishop 26 F Southampton NY 24:41.2 7:57 3 24
107 Liza Bigger 33 F East Hampton NY 25:01.5 8:04 4 34
111 Noelle Giddings 43 F East Hampton NY 25:06.3 8:05 6 60
127 Allison Ceraso 32 F East Hampton NY 25:30.6 8:13 6 34
128 Alexa Lantiere 15 F Sag Harbor NY 25:31.1 8:13 4 43
129 Steven Seideng 43 M East Hampton NY 25:34.5 8:14 10 20
131 Jane O'Donnell 43 F East Hampton NY 25:37.0 8:15 8 60
134 Nora Rosati 12 F Montauk NY 25:41.2 8:17 6 43
136 Joel Zychick 56 M Amagansett NY 25:47.7 8:19 8 20
137 Allan Mannerlelli 51 M Southampton NY 25:54.7 8:21 12 32
138 Dylan Carroza 15 M East Hampton NY 25:55.6 8:21 9 28
139 Lynne Deaddio 40 F East Hampton NY 25:55.7 8:21 9 60
141 Thomas Brierley 12 M East Hampton NY 25:58.8 8:22 10 28
142 Winston Rosati 10 M Montauk NY 25:59.4 8:22 2 30
143 Jennifer Hart 40 F East Hampton NY 26:01.8 8:23 10 60
144 Beth Grinnell 48 F Montauk NY 26:03.3 8:24 4 40
145 Larry Hillel 67 M East Hampton NV 26:04.3 8:24 3 20
147 Liza Hillel 32 F East Hampton NY 26:04.9 8:24 8 34
154 Brian Monahan 51 M East Hampton NY 26:17.3 8:28 13 32
157 Richard Barton 41 M Amagansett NY 26:22.2 8:30 12 20
158 William Barton 8 M Amagansett NY 26:22.7 8:30 4 30
159 Eugene Parker 48 M Southampton NY 26:25.2 8:31 8 18
160 Marion Hohusen 44 F Bridgehampton NY 26:27.2 8:31 11 60
162 Kim Covell 45 F Water Mill NY 26:30.4 8:32 7 40
168 Thomas Gibbons 36 M Westhampton NY 26:45.1 8:37 10 18
171 Allison Parker 21 F Southampton NY 26:51.9 8:39 9 34
172 Kristen Marsinko 26 F Sag Harbor NY 26:53.7 8:40 6 24
175 Christian Troy 32 M Bridgehampton NY 27:03.2 8:43 8 12
176 Charles Scherr 13 M East Hampton NY 27:07.7 8:44 12 28
181 Lee Bravakos 60 M Hampton Bays NY 27:16.8 8:47 4 26
184 Shana Don 25 F Bridgehampton NY 27:20.0 8:48 7 24
185 Juan Munoz 49 M East Hampton NY 27:25.4 8:50 9 18
187 Gisella Recalde 33 F Bridgehampton NY 27:28.8 8:51 10 34
189 Dawn Beck 41 F East Hampton NY 27:29.7 8:51 13 60
192 Peter Soriento 41 M East Hampton NY 27:37.6 8:54 14 20
193 Keaton Crozier 13 M East Hampton NY 27:37.7 8:54 14 28
194 Kara Ackerman 39 F East Hampton NY 27:37.9 8:54 5 38
197 Kristin Newhall 37 F East Hampton NY 27:45.7 8:57 6 38
199 Carol Covell 41 F Southampton NY 27:50.6 8:58 14 60
Results courtesy start2finish.com


In addition to the throng of runners on the course, hundreds of walkers to raise awareness for breast cancer and enjoy a day in the sun.






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Guest (vanesa) from east hampton says::
awsome
Sep 25, 2009 9:10 pm

Guest (Amagansett res) from Amagansett says::
Start to finish did a dreadful job for Ratner with Ellens run. It was a great race but they provided a terrible service, 1.5 hours to wait for results and even at that got quite a few wrong. People were very gracious given what the race was for but I understand the disappointment that some showed. Keep up the good work for this great cause, but get get rid of Start to Finish!!
Aug 21, 2008 10:53 pm

 

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