On October 18, a gorgeous springlike day, the East End community turned out for the third annual Run for Ross 5K race. About 150 people, including the Ross cross country team, students, teachers, staff, and families, completed the course that began and ended at Main Beach in East Hampton, winding through beautiful tree-lined streets and along the ocean. Runners, walkers, cyclists, inline skaters, and furry four-legged companions all joined in the fun.
The day kicked off at the Main Beach pavilion, where participants picked up their race numbers and chatted as they enjoyed the beautiful vista and music provided Chris Engel, Community Programs director. Many limbered up on the beach and prepared for the event with tai chi led by Wellness Teacher John Germano.
Post-race festivities included a ceremony where Mr. Chris presented awards for first, second, and third place age group finishers as well as for the top overall male and female. In addition, all 10 and under participants received a medal for participating. The race was officially recorded by Island Timing.
“This is such a great event for the community, and we are thrilled that so many came out to support Ross,” said Courtney Wingate, associate director of Development. "This year we had a father daughter team, Alden and David Powers, cross the finish line together. Alden was the first overall female finisher with a time of 21:53 at 11 years old! An average of 7:03 per mile is very impressive for her age!"
Courtney noted the generous support of the Run for Ross sponsors, including Bach & Grazina Orthodontics, The Baker House 1650, Biondo & Hammer LLP, Hamptons Gym Corp, East End Limousine, East Hampton Physical Therapy, East Hampton Village Hardware, Fiji Water, Race Lane Restaurant, and Wainscott Hardware.
Proceeds from the event went to the Steven J. Ross Scholarship fund to help ensure that over one-third of the Ross student body benefits from a Ross School education, regardless of economic circumstances.