I composed half of this post last summer and never got around to publishing it – oops! So even though I’m in London right now, it’s the start of the beach season in the Hamptons, and lots of runners will be heading east during the peak of marathon and half marathon training this summer. I have family in the Hamptons and spent most of my childhood summers there. It’s where I did my first 5K and my first half marathon, so I know those roads very well. Here’s my round-up of running routes and races on the East End of Long Island!
Many New Yorkers vacation in the Hamptons during the summer months, and there are so many beautiful places to run on the East End of Long Island! Most of the beaches don’t have boardwalks or paths that run right alongside them, but there are several routes in which you can end up at the beach or see the beach a few times.
Please keep in mind that most of these roads don’t have shoulders or sidewalks and tend to be very winding; always run single-file on the left side of the road and be prepared to hop up onto the grassy bank if a car is coming and doesn’t have room to veer into the opposite lane to go around you.
East Hampton Town Beaches – 3.5-8 miles
Start out at Main Street, near the main parking lot, and run south towards Ocean Avenue. If you follow Ocean Avenue as it curves to the left, you’ll end up at Main Beach. If you turn around here, the run will be about 3.5 miles. Otherwise, continue on to Lily Pond Lane and you can take any of the left turns that lead to the beach, all the way to Georgica Beach. You can run up to about 4 miles before you turn around and head back to East Hampton.
The Springs – 14 miles
This run is similar to the old Hamptons Half Marathon course in East Hampton/Amagansett, before the race moved to Southampton in 2016. It takes you on Accabonac road to Stony Hill Road, which is a shaded, unpaved road that feels like a trail in the woods. It also takes you north to a stretch of bay at Louse Point Road, where you can see the beach on both sides.
East Hampton/Amagansett to Indian Wells Beach – 7.5 miles
Another beach run! This one will take you from East Hampton town to Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett. Start on Main Street by the main parking lot and run on Davids Lane. Turn right on Egypt Lane, then left on Further Lane. Further Lane will take you all the way to Indian Wells Highway, giving you some glimpses of huge mansions along the way (although they’re mostly hidden by big hedges!) Turn right on Indian Wells Highway and end up at the beach, which is the turnaround point. Then head back to East Hampton town, or go for a swim!
East Hampton to Sag Harbor – 7-14 miles
From East Hampton town, run on Newtown Lane, which turns into Long Lane, which turns into Two Holes Water Road. There isn’t much shade on Long Lane (although there is a big shoulder on the road) so be aware if you’re running on a hot day. You’ll pass a farmstand and several farms along the way. Two Holes Water Road is shaded, but very hilly. You can turn around here, or turn left on Swamp Road, then right on East Hampton Sag Harbor Turnpike. The speed limit for cars is higher here, but there is a bike lane, which you can share if you’re courteous to bikers! If you stop at Sag Harbor it’s 7 miles. From here you can turn around and run back to East Hampton, or make it a longer run and continue across the bridge to North Haven, a small island between Sag Harbor and Shelter Island.
I’m not as familiar with running routes in Bridgehampton and Southampton, but taking a look at the Bridgehampton Half and Hamptons Marathon course maps are good places to start!
Hamptons Marathon (Southampton)
One of my favorite ways to stay in shape on vacation and get to know the local area is participating in a race! Here are some races and triathlons on Long Island’s South Fork (east of Southampton) from May to November:
I ran this race in 2015 – read my recap here. The course takes you through Bridgehampton Town on very scenic country roads.
This is a local race that attracts a lot of talent, usually including a few professional runners. Meb Keflezighi ran it in 2015, the year I did it! Read my recap here.
Firecracker 8K (Southampton)
Ellen’s Run (Southampton)
This was my first race EVER in 2009! It’s a fundraiser for breast cancer, a cause near to my heart because my mother is a breast cancer survivor. The last time I did it was in 2012, when my mom won 2nd place in her age group!
Great Bonac 5K & 10K (East Hampton)
This is a small, local race held every year on Labor Day, hosted by the Springs Fire Department. It doesn’t even have a website, but will have registration open on active.com prior to race day. You can read my recap from 2014 here. It was so small a race that I won 3rd place in my age group!
Mighty Hamptons Triathlon (Sag Harbor)
Hamptons 5K, Half & Marathon (Southampton)
I’ve run the Hamptons Half three times (in 2012, 2013, and 2014) and it was my first half marathon. Until last year, it was held in East Hampton, but in 2016 the course was moved to a new location in Southampton. There is an early morning bus that takes runners from Manhattan to Southampton, so you can make it a day trip. However, it’s also an ideal time of year for a weekend trip because it’s after Labor Day but the weather should still be beautiful.
MightyMan Montauk Triathlon (Sprint, Olympic & Half Ironman distances)
Andy’s Run 5K (Sag Harbor)
Montauk Turkey Trot (3 & 6 miles)
If there aren’t any races when you’re out east, there are Hamptons Marathon training runs that are held every Sunday morning at 8am from Memorial Day to Labor Day at Gubbins Perfect Fit in East Hampton. They’re open to everyone, even if you’re not training for a marathon, and are a great way to see the area without getting lost!
Don’t forget to refuel with some ice cream or local wine after your run.
Happy Beach Running!
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