08/20/16 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Shelter Islander Amanda Clark, left and Sarah Lihan   during a training session ahead of the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Shelter Islander Amanda Clark, left and Sarah Lihan during a training session ahead of the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

Every four years the Summer Olympics gives me license to dream.

As I watch swimmer Michael Phelps, shaped like a garden trowel with flippers for feet, win another gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly, I imagine myself slicing through the water like an eel. And when the bouncy, sparkly nymph Simone Biles flies through her floor exercise like Tinkerbell, I think back to my high school gymnastics class, in which I once executed a forward roll on the balance beam flanked by my classmates who pushed me back onto the beam as I rolled heavily off. (more…)

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12/29/15 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Jennifer Keller, moments after being the first Island woman across the finish line of the 2015 Shelter Island 10K race, with Meb Keflezighi.

COURTESY PHOTO | Jennifer Keller, moments after being the first Island woman across the finish line of the 2015 Shelter Island 10K race, with Meb Keflezighi.

A 35-year record was broken at the 2015 Shelter Island 10K Run, but it wasn’t set by runners.

Mother Nature was the record breaker at the 36th annual running of the Island’s signature sporting event.

For the first time in the history of the race, it poured throughout the late afternoon. (more…)

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06/23/15 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Jennifer Keller, moments after being the first Island woman across the finish line of Saturdays 10K race, with Meb Keflezighi.

COURTESY PHOTO Jennifer Keller, moments after being the first Island woman across the finish line of Saturdays 10K race, with Meb Keflezighi.

Distance running, unlike most sports, is a test of the individual who must battle the competition, the course and most of all what each runner can endure, fighting through mental and physical fatigue.

But for Tyler Cardillo and Jennifer Keller — the first Island man and Island woman across the finish line at Saturday’s Shelter Island 10K  Run — fierce rain, a sloppy course and a tough hill near the end of the race presented no serious problems. (more…)

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06/20/15 7:39pm
Eliud Ngetich of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the 36th Shelter Island 10K. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Eliud Ngetich of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the 36th Shelter Island 10K. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Some runners like the rain. Don’t count Eliud Ngetich among them.

The 21-year-old Kenyan says some of his worst races have come on wet courses and, if he had his say over Mother Nature, the streets of Shelter Island would have been dry as a bone Saturday.

The race results tell a different story.

Ngetich, fresh off a win last week at the 7-mile Litchfield Hills Road Race, was the top finisher of the 36th Shelter Island 10K despite the slippery conditions, breaking the tape at 28:53.51 (more…)