In the spring of 1979 the Town Board passed a resolution to support would become the first Shelter Island 10K the following year. The race that started as a small, local event has grown into a large, regional event for runners from all over the East Coast and farther afield, including a number of Olympians and other world-class athletes. (more…)
Anyone familiar with Shelter Island is always struck by the vibrancy and community spirit that, while always here, is most noticeable on 10K race day. Saturday is expected to bring 2,000 runners and walkers to the Island for the 39th Annual Shelter Island 10K Run/5K Walk with at least that many fans lining the streets to encourage the competitors. (more…)
If the late afternoon forecast for Saturday, June 17 called for rain starting at 5 p.m., just a half hour before race time, the weatherman proved wrong.
But many of the nearly 2,000 participants in the 38th annual Shelter Island 10K/5K Run/Walk, might have welcomed a deluge as they came off the course dripping sweat from the high humidity. There would be no records set by the winners Saturday, although many runners were pleased to finish and beating their own personal bests. (more…)
Joan Benoit Samuelson is best known to the world for being the first woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal in a marathon, when she topped the field in Los Angeles in 1984 with a time of 2:24:52. It was the first year that women competed in an Olympic marathon. (more…)