07/04/13 12:00pm
07/04/2013 12:00 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | The start of the 5K Race Thursday morning.

Ryan Udvadia is no stranger to winning races. After a banner season last year as a junior for Shoreham-Wading River’s cross country and track teams, Udvadia kicked off his summer with a pair of victories in the SWR July 4 Foot Races.

Udvadia won the 5K race in 16 minutes 39.32 seconds, well ahead of the second-place finisher. He warmed up for the 5K by running the 13 and over 1-mile race. He crossed the finish line together with Dan Purschke and Keith Steinbrecher.

Udvadia will be going into his senior year at Shoreham.

The 29th annual race, which raises money for scholarships, featured a large turnout despite the humidity and heat early in the morning. The race began near the Miller Avenue School in Shoreham.

A Shoreham graduate was the top female finisher in the 5K. Kathryn Sheehan, who ran track at Marist College, crossed in 18:42. Sheehan said she is planning on running the New York City Marathon.

05/25/13 3:38pm
05/25/2013 3:38 PM

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Runners braved chilly temperatures Saturday to compete in the Long Island Adventure Race.

Mud race + rain = even muddier mud race!

The Long Island Adventure Race held at EPCAL Saturday featured runners braving the rain and 50-degree weather to run a 5K with numerous obstacles like a water slide, a dumpster filled with water, a pool filled with soapy water — in which they had to find two golf balls — as well as other, more traditional obstacles, like a wall climb.

About 800 runners participated, according to Bill Borges, who co-coordinated the race with Chris Witt. It was held on Riverhead Town land just south of the new dog park.

The race raised money for the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, North Fork Breast Health Coalition, Heidi Behr Scholarship Fund, Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch, the Riverhead Youth Bureau and the Cancer Research Foundation.

“It was a lot of fund,” said Carolyn Maluai, who said she and her friends also did the Survivor Race at the 4H Camp in Baiting Hollow last month.

“It was pretty insane,” said Karen Goodale of Riverhead, who ran the race with her husband, Kevin.

Both Ms. Maluai and Ms. Goodale said the same thing when asked about the cold.

“Once you start running, you’re good,” Ms. Goodale said.

“You don’t even feel the cold once you get started,” Ms. Maluai said.

Racers will get the change to do the Adventure Race in nicer weather on Aug. 10, when another Adventure Race is scheduled for EPCAL.

Ms. Goodale said they are already planning to run in it.