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Apr 9, 2010 2:16 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Hamptons Triple Crown expands to five races

Apr 9, 2010 2:16 PM

The Hamptons Triple Crown—a series of three 5K road races in the Westhampton area—will expand to a five-race series beginning next month.

The Triple Crown initially included the Joe Koziarz 5K in Westhampton Beach, the Hudsy 5K Run in Quogue and the Hurricane Educational Foundation 5K, also in Westhampton Beach. At the end of the series, both the male and female runners with the lowest combined time from all three races were awarded a prize, while an additional runner who competed in all three races, chosen at random, also received an award. This year, the series will also include the Wildcat 5K, which begins at the East Quogue School, and the Peg Larkin 5K, which takes place in Remsenburg. The concept will remain the same, with the top male and female runners and an additional runner who competed in all five races receiving an award. The prize is typically a gift certificate to a local restaurant.

Mike Koziarz, who is in charge of the Koziarz 5K, said the decision to expand the series to five races was a mutual decision made between the organizers of all five races.

“We all know each other and have asked for help with each other’s races,” he said. “These races are all in the same school district so we’re pulling from the same general area. It’s a way to band together and cross-promote the races.”

The Wildcat 5K will kick off the series on Saturday, April 24, followed by the Peg Larkin 5K on Saturday, June 5. The Koziarz 5K will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Saturday, July 17, and the final two races will take place in the fall, starting with the Hurricane 5K on October 9 and the Hudsy Run on October 16.

The Wildcat 5K benefits the East Quogue School’s Wellness Program; the Peg Larkin 5K honors the memory of Peg Larkin, who passed away in September of 2007 and worked for 22 years in the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School. Proceeds from the 5K benefit several scholarships as well as physical education and wellness programs at the school.

The Koziarz 5K is run in honor of Joe Koziarz, a Westhampton resident who died of a heart attack in 1995 at the age of 52. Koziarz was an avid runner and was active in the Westhampton community. Proceeds from the race go to the Peconic Bay Medical Center’s emergency room as well as Southampton Town PAL Athletics and the Joe Koziarz Scholarship Fund. The Hudsy run honors Joan Hudson, a longtime teacher at the Quogue School. Proceeds fund heart healthy activities at the Quogue Elementary School. The Hurricane 5K benefits the Hurricane Educational Foundation, which according to the Westhampton Beach Schools mission statement supports “capital projects, creative program development and educational awareness.”

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