Patch thanks Mike Polansky for submitting this article on 10K race results and the great photos!
While it wasn’t nearly as warm as it was for the 2012 edition of the run, Mother Nature provided clear skies and a not-too-terrible temperature on the morning of January 19 for the third annual Sayville Running Company 10 Mile Run to the Blue Point Brewery.
The race featured 1079 finishers who enjoyed a fast, flat 10 mile course from Patchogue through Blue Point and Bayport to Sayville and back, followed by one of the best post-race parties around, courtesy of Pete Cotter and his team at the Blue Point Brewery in Patchogue.
Repeat winner Conor Shelley improved on his 2012 winning time from 53:27 to 52:45, more than three full minutes in front of his nearest competitor Billy Holl. Billy’s 56:00 would have been enough to win a lot of 10-mile races, but Conor was simply uncatchable on January 19.
Long Island distance superstar Jodie Albertson took top honors among the women in 59:42, almost 4 minutes ahead of the strong performance turned in by runner-up Stefanie Braun. Top Masters finishers were Boyd Carrington and Karen Pompay.
Top finishers from the local area included Billy Holl of Bayport (2nd OA, 56:00), Mike Petrina of Bayport (6thOA, 1st 25-29 age group, 58:02), Brendan Barrett of Sayville (8th OA, 2nd 25-29, 58:17), Kevin Beach of West Sayville (17th OA, 2nd 30-34, 1:00:18), and Jennifer King of Bayport (1st woman 30-34, 1:05:26).
RicDiveglio of the Greater Long Island Running Club did an absoloutely amazing job as the Race Director, putting in countless hours and attending to every detail.
Ric and the Race Committee of Linda Ottaviano, Brendan Barrett, Mike Nolan, Pete Cotter of the Blue Point Brewery, Fred von der Heydt, Nikita Dorcinvil of justfinish.net, and Carl Grossbard made something that was not very easy look as smooth as possible.
Fred von der Heydt, Nick Palazzo & Ryan Fitzpatrick made all the logistical details come together. Nickita Dorcinvil of justfinish.net handled the timing and scoring with his usual professionalism and competence. We also welcomed the support of Saucony once again. The talented band of After Augustine made the post-race festivities as lively as possible.
We are pleased that we will have been able to turn over a significant amount of money from the proceeds of the Run to Bayport resident Tom Fricke and his Better Understanding of Life in Africa (BULA) program, begun by Fricke's daughter several years ago.
Tom once again went way, way beyond what a race beneficiary normally does, including cooking up some great pasta to go with all the beer, heroes and other refreshments.
Special thanks go to Brendan Barrett, Mike Nolan and all the other great people at the Sayville Running Company. They proved once again to be invaluable partners in putting together a tremendous undertaking!
Thanks go to the Village of Patchogue, Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine, New York State Senator Lee Zeldin, New York State Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino, Suffolk County Legislator Robert Calarco, and Town of Islip Councilman Anthony Senft for being on hand to support this important event.