SHELTER ISLAND 10K RACE PREVIEW saturday — june 16, 2018


The 39th annual Shelter Island 10K/5K Run/Walk, a USA track and field certified course, hits the road on Saturday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m. Touted as the most scenic course by Runner’s World Magazine, this year’s race will welcome former Olympian, four time New York City Marathon winner and four time Boston Marathon winner, Bill Rodgers.

Following the race will be a Family Fun Post Race Festival at the American Legion adjacent to the race finish. There will be a DJ, food trucks, a barbecue complimentary to all runners featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and more and a cash bar. Local merchants will be selling their wares and a photo booth and kids area with carnival games are planned. A raffle and silent auction will also be part of the fun.

The food trucks will be open from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. and music, beer and wine will be offered from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A bounce house and children’s activities will be available from 2:30 to dusk and the silent auction and photo booth will be open from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the race will go to several East End charities including the Shelter Island Educational Foundation, East End Hospice and Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch.

For more information about Shelter Island Run please visit shelterislandrun.com or call (631) 774-9499.

The Shelter Island 10K run was founded by Cliff Clark, John Strode, and Jack Faith in 1980. The scenic course has seen thousands of participants over the past 38 years including several Olympians and national champions such as Jeff Galloway, Christine McMiken, Greta Waitz, Joan Benoit-Samuelson, Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter, Kim Jones, Jon Sinclair, Keith Brantly, Amby Burfoot and most recently in 2015, Meb Keflezighi. Over the course of its history, the race has raised over $650,000 for local charities.

Who the race benefits


There’s an argument to be made that no other event better demonstrates the spirit of Shelter Island than the annual 10K Run/5K Walk that will celebrate its 39th year on June 16.

It’s not just because the annual race attracts thousands of runners and walkers — some of them world class, including former Olympians and winners of major races such as the New York City and Boston marathons. And it’s not just because it gives Islanders a chance to test their athletic limits while racing with some of the best in the world and then having the opportunity to attend a post-race party with family, friends, neighbors and visitors.

All of those elements contribute to why thousands trek to the Island to join with residents to run, walk or watch.

But the heart of the day is the opportunity to raise money for significant causes.

Three major charities — the Shelter Island Run Community Fund, East End Hospice and Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch — receive money from sponsorships, registrations and other money that flows to them after organizers of the race pay expenses.

Shelter Island Run Community Fund — shelterisland10kcommunityfund.com — assists the Shelter Island Educational Foundation in providing money for programs on Shelter Island, including scholarships, school trips, maintenance of Fiske Field, the FIT Center, sports related equipment and uniforms.

Thanks to contributions from Donna and Ken Wright of Shelter Island, graduating seniors from Shelter Island High School have received sizable scholarships.

Funds have helped special projects including Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s oldest drug abuse prevention program and various camp programs.

East End Hospice — eeh.org — assists terminally ill patients and their families throughout the East End and Brookhaven with end of life issues, providing comfort and dignity to patients while providing pain alleviation and symptom control in a skilled nursing facility. At the same time, it provides support and bereavement counseling to family members.

The need for inpatient care was provided when East End Hospice opened the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quogue so patients could live out their final days in a home-like setting with friends and relatives nearby.

Timothy Hill Ranch — timothyhill.org — and its related Retreat Centers was the outgrowth of a Riverhead family who opened their home to foster children who were homeless and in need of temporary housing. But son Timothy Hill, touched by his parents caring, told them he wanted to “build a place where troubled kids could live, be loved, feel safe and have wide open spaces to ride horses.” The ranch provides eight group and transitional homes on 86 acres of land, including two horse farms. Programs deal with education, work readiness training, life coaching and spiritual guidance.

Teams of 10 or more participants have been invited to register and in addition to paying registration fees that support the main beneficiaries of the race, they are able to raise money for their own causes.

If people wish to assist any group on race day, they can access listings and join at any of the individual websites, or at shelterislandrun.com.

Those who have registered their own charity teams to run include one of the major beneficiaries, East End Hospice, which means that besides netting funds from the overall race profits, it will be fielding a team of runners/walkers on race day and encouraging others to join its team and contribute directly to its cause.

The Children’s Tumor Foundation — ctr.org — has created a team. Its funds will help find effective treatments for Neurofibromatosis, a generally genetic disease that seriously affects nerves throughout the body.

The Colon Cancer Alliance — ccalliance.org — will field “the Semicolons” on race day, a group raising funds to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. The group notes that while most people are told they don’t need to be screened until they are 50 unless they have a history of colon cancer in the family, that isn’t necessarily the case. Colon cancer, one of the most curable diseases when caught early, can be a killer when it’s not diagnosed in the early stage.

The David Adam Vail Cancer Foundation — facebook.com/DavidAdam VailCancerFoundation — funds research into pain management and palliative care for cancer patients with an emphasis on pediatric patients. It functions under the Mid Shore Community Foundation and supports work and research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in Manhattan where specialists are pioneering research in improving cancer treatments for children.

KidsNeedMore — kidsneedmore.org — is the fundraising arm of Camp Adventure at Camp Quinipet that provides a camp experience each August for children with cancer and life-threatening illnesses and their siblings to spend a week in fresh air and sunshine and, for most, an opportunity to escape being hospital patients and just be kids enjoying a typical summer experience. Medical personnel, counselors, cooks and others volunteer their time to operate the program. Off-Island, the group holds various activities throughout the year and supports children with cancer and their families through hospitalizations and medical treatments. “We believe that fun and friendship heals,” volunteer Jackie Lorenz said.

Lucia’s Angels — luciasangels.org — is committed to helping women and families on Eastern Long Island who have late stage cancers such as breast, ovarian, cervical or uterine cancers. The foundation was created in memory of Lucia Terzi Bagan, known for her generosity to friends and the community. It was her wish that other women and their families could have that same love and support through their toughest times that she received at Southampton Hospital. Lucia’s Angels has provided help and funding for gasoline gift cards, grocery gift cards, heating bills, dental work, house cleaning, rent, eyeglasses, food, transportation, babysitting, heating bills, health insurance premiums, automobile repair, ambulatory trips, therapeutic massage, salon services, wigs and many more products and services.

Reach Within — reachwithin.org — aims to improve the futures of children and teens who have experienced extreme abuse or neglect by helping them achieve resiliency in the presence of caring adults. Its therapeutic programs support infants and children living in residential care homes and teens living in transitional living quarters or on the street, while its educational programs aim to improve caregiver competency and increase awareness of the long-term psychological, physical and societal effects of abuse and neglect.

Shelter Island Historical Society — shelterislandhistorical.org — preserves the Island’s heritage through educational programs, exhibitions, scholarships and involvement in many community activities. It is in the process of completing work on expanded space to enable researchers to access its many files and exhibits and to make it more accessible to the public. Its repository of materials traces the Island’s past from the first Native American inhabitants, settlers and town fathers, to those who have made it a caring and unique community through the years.

Strongpoint Theinert Ranch — strongpointtheinert.org — U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant Joseph Theinert made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan, giving up his own life to save the lives of his troops. His family and friends, led by his mother Chrys Kestler and her husband Dr. Frank Kestler, have remembered Joey by serving other troops. They donated land in New Mexico and began the process of creating a retreat for military veterans, their families and Gold Star families to come together to strengthen themselves physically and mentally and to transition through life’s challenges. While the original dream of a new center is still in process, the Kestlers have opened their own New Mexico home to people who have joined Joey’s brother, Jimbo Theinert, on retreats. There are regular fundraising events through the year to help build the ranch and the involvement of the Kestlers and Jimbo Theinert, on the Island continue to contribute to what makes Shelter Island the caring and giving community it is.



Runners should arrive on Shelter Island by 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16 for packet pick-up and check-in at the Shelter Island School gymnasium. Packets are available starting Friday, June 15, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration closes on race day at 4 p.m. with NO EXCEPTIONS. Anyone failing to register by 4 p.m. may be allowed to run, but there’s no guarantee they will receive a bib number.

Your “champion chip” GPS tracking device will be included with your packet.

Those in the competitive 5K are asked not to bring strollers, baby joggers or pets on the course. Those who aren’t competing, but enjoying the 5K walk are welcome to make it a family event with strollers, baby joggers and even pets, but are asked to position themselves at the rear of the walkers.

No backpacks will be allowed. Participants will receive transparent plastic bags to store their belongings.


USA Track & Field Certified Course


The 10K race starts promptly at 5:30 p.m., rain or shine, on Route 114 near the traffic circle in front of the Shelter Island School. The staging area is on the school grounds. School Street is a detour for through traffic — please cross with caution and do not delay traffic. Do not gather on Route 114 near the starting area until called by the official starter. When called, enter the section that indicates your anticipated average pace per mile.


Splits are measured at each mile mark. A digital clock will be on display on the right side of the road at every mile of the 10k and at the first, second and third mile of the 5k.


HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE! Water will be available outside the school from 2 until 5 p.m. Runners are strongly urged to take fluids within one hour of the start of the race. Water will also be available at stations at miles 2, 4, 5 and 6 and at 1.5 miles for 5K walkers.

Signs will alert runners to official water stations.

DO NOT ACCEPT FLUIDS from unofficial sources along the course.


A professionally staffed medical tent will be open on the finish field from noon until after the race.


The 5-kilometer community run/walk begins at 5:50 p.m., 20 minutes after the start of the 10K. The top male and female finishers in the 5K will receive medals, but the 5K walk remains open to those who aren’t competing for time.

All entrants will receive a runner’s packet and T-shirt.


Both the 10K Run and the 5K Walk begin on Route 114 at the Center roundabout and head east. Turn left on St. Mary’s Road and continue to the next roundabout.

•The 5K Walk goes left at the roundabout onto Manwaring Road to Route 114, then north to West Neck Road, where the 5K merges with the 10K course to the finish field behind the American Legion Hall.

• The 10K Run goes right at St. Mary’s roundabout onto Ram Island Road, left up Cobbetts Lane, then right on Manhanset Road past the golf couse. Make a right on Havens road and follow to Sylvester Road. Keep right of the Dering Harbor Village Hall on Shore Road until Shore becomes Winthrop Road.

• Follow Winthrop across the bridge to Route 114. Go left on 114 to West Neck Road.

• Make a right onto West Neck and a quick left onto Midway Road. Follow Midway to Bateman Road, go left on Bateman for 200 meters and exit right onto the school athletic field and around to the finish line.

See page 17 and 18 for maps of the course.


Racers cross the finish line at the school’s playing field, Fiske Field, behind the American Legion Hall.



5:30 to 8 p.m.

Pre-race Pasta Buffet presented by Shelter Island students at the American Legion Hall opposite Shelter Island High School. Price: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $5 for children under 12, $30 maximum for one family, $15 any time for Shelter Island residents.



Runs continuously from both North and South Ferries 1 to 11 p.m.

2:30 p.m. – Start of Runners Festival with kids activites and food trucks open

3:30 p.m. – Complimentary Massage by Lexson Therapy

4 p.m. – Free Kids Fun Run at Fiske Field, across from school

4:30 p.m. – Pre-race stretching clinic starting line, front of the school with Suzette Smith.

5:30 p.m. – Start of 39th Annual Shelter Island 10K, front of the school

5:50 p.m. – Start of 5K Run/Walk Race, front of the school

7 p.m. – Awards Ceremony

6:30-9:30 p.m. – Post-race festival

• DJ Twilo

• Beer and Wine sales

• Complimentary runners BBQ

• Kids fun area with bounce houses, games & crafts

• Silent auction

• Free entry to all runners

• Open to public

12:45 a.m. – Last boat from North Ferry

1:45 a.m. — Last boat from South Ferry

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