Tell us your story!
We love getting to know our runners and the press is always asking for stories that move us so tell us why you are running on 9.28.2013.
Is this your first or your 50th marathon? Did you overcome significant odds to get to the starting line? Are you running to raise money for a favorite cause? Are you celebrating your birthday with us? What makes you run?
Email your personal story along with your age on race day, zip code and preferred contact phone number to email@example.com. We will be spotlighting athlete's stories and we would love to hear yours.
To those of you who have emailed us with your thoughts about the race, thank you! Here's what our runners are saying about us:
Hi Amanda and Diane,
I want to congratulate you on another fantastic marathon. I skipped the hurricane run last year however i ran the first one, and this one even topped that one! Not just the weather, but the organization, logistics and especially the pre-race accommodations. If there is one chink in the armor it's the parking situation ( I had a nice conversation with Amanda about this Friday afternoon), but knowing you guys, you'll find a way to improve it next year.
This was #66 for me, so i know a little about different Marathon venues, and all i can say is that the Hamptons is now in my top 3 favorites to run after NY and Boston. Not bad, huh!?
My 3 kids ragged me on the neon orange tee shirts (and 2 of them went to Syracuse - go neon orange!) but i think it was cool; go for neon lime green next year and make it a theme!
Congratulations again on an incredible job. I understand how much work goes into doing this and I both admire and thank you for taking it on. You rock!
p.s. I noticed there were only 10 people in my age bracket -- 55-59. If you flatten out some of those hills beginning at mile 18 you will attract a few more old farts like me -- assuming you want more of us!
Hi Amanda & Diane,
Thank you for putting on such a fine event. The Hamptons Half is one of my favorite runs and I plan to make it an annual event. I ran the first, missed the second (due to surgery) and just loved the third. Many improvements over the first - but the course, the hospitality, that certain quality and camaraderie of an east end event is the ultimate. It was nice to be able to have access to the gym as it was pretty chilly before the start. I love my medal and the beach bag and towel are great. My husband, Chris also ran the race and enjoyed himself also and has agreed to run again next year and is planning how to train better and improve his time. Now that he has figured out the course and likes the improvements he's ready to make this an annual event.
Thank you to all the volunteers, the local residents who cheered us on with their dogs and families and coffee cups and beer bottles in hand, the police who managed the traffic and the polite drivers who gave us room and made us feel welcome rather than a nuisance.
Dear Amanda & Diane,
Thank you for organizing and producing such an amazing race! The course was beautiful and a ton of fun to run. It was probably the most scenic race I have ever done. I am already looking forward to running the marathon again next year. I have telling friends and family that this is "the race" to run! Thanks again.
I just wanted to take a minute and thank you and everyone else involved. As this was my first organized race i really wasn't sure what to expect. To my great delight there was no item left to chance and the experience far exceeded my expectations. I'd like to give a special thanks to all the volunteers without whom this wouldn't have been possible especially all the Girl and Boy scout troops who's support really made a difference. I'd also like to thank all the people of East Hampton as I understand how having 1000 people on their roads must have required a bit of patience. I can not recall a single incident of frustration on their part, and more often then not they had been cheering for us. this was truly an enjoyable experience and has helped me decide to pursue this further.
Thank you once again
Amanda & Diane,
My brother in law, Richard (a long time marathon runner) asked me if I'd like to run my first half with him in the Hamptons. Being originally from N.Y. and knowing how beautiful the Hamptons are, how could I say no. My training went well and I truly enjoyed receiving your motivational emails. While in training I lost my golden retriever (at the age of 5) to cancer, just four weeks ago. I wanted to send you the attachment to let you know how important this race was to me.
My entire experience was amazing! Each volunteer was helpful and kind. The entire set up was extremely organized. The atmosphere was absolutely breath taking and I enjoyed every minute of it. I'm thrilled to say I finished in 147 and I raised $1,450.00!
I just wanted to take the time to say thank you for doing such a wonderful job! My first half marathon will always be remembered as perfect! I loved it and I'm addicted!! Please count us in for next year and maybe some new friends as well.
Again special thanks to you!
I just wanted to say thank you for a great race! I've run several marathons over the past 20 years, and I think I've found a new favorite. Great job with everything, and the course was perfect.
Looking forward to next year; maybe the wheels won't fall off my bus at 19 next time :)
My congratulations to Diane and yourself on a job well done!
The personal attention in the form of emails and phone conversations were a breath of fresh air in the running community. You made each of us feel special.
If I had to describe the course it would be deceivingly difficult (Marathon) the hills at the end are a force to be reckoned with and planned for.
A special thanks for the weather. I'm sure you planned that as well.