Annual charity race draws hundreds

Ellen’s Run Benefits Breast Cancer Patients

Ellen’s Run held its annual charity race on Sunday morning, August 19. The race is a fundraiser for The Ellen Hermanson Foundation and its ongoing fight against breast cancer. The starting line and finish line were positioned right in front of Southampton Hospital’s Parrish Memorial Hall, where hundreds of participants gathered. The 5K track went all the way around the hospital and onto Southampton Main Street.

For race result recording purposes, runners were divided into groups by age and gender, with several cancer survivors in the running. The overall winners in the men’s category were Erik Engstrom, in first, with a time of 15:39:97; Dylan Fine, in second, with 15:57:78; and Carter Weaver, in third, with 17:12:10.

For the women’s category, Paige Duca earned fourth place overall, with a time of 17:18:09; Anne Tschida Gomberg came in fifth by an inch with 17:18:14; and Marielle Quintana earned 11th place, with a final time of 18:27:89. Also, Debbie Merrick was the first cancer survivor to finish the race, and her final time was 20:54:02.

Ellen’s Run raised tens of thousands of dollars for the foundation with this year’s race alone. The Ellen Hermanson Foundation will be hosting many more benefit events in the future.

For more information about the foundation and its associated fundraisers or to donate, visit