Visitors and residents of a ritzy beach community
team up for a unifying—and fun—race By John hanc
Photographs by Brian Bloom
GWYNETH PALTROW, Paul McCart- ney, P. Diddy: From late spring to early fall, any of these stars can be spotted on the roads I’m running. They are among the “Summer People” who frequent the Hamptons, wealthy
folks who come to the southeast end of
Long Island from parts west—Manhattan,
especially—to enjoy lavish beach homes,
fancy restaurants, and rubbing elbows
with other affluent vacationers.
But the Hamptons is also home to the
“Bonackers,” and they’re here year-round.
Descended from families that settled
around East Hampton’s Accabonac Harbor in the 1600s, these residents are mostly working-class folks who depend on the
Summer People for their livelihoods, but
aren’t always fond of their company.
On this sweltering late-September day,
however, the glitzy but divided commu-
nity has come together for the Hamptons
Half-Marathon. It’s hard to tell who’s who
among the runners, but through the
sweat stinging my eyes, I see both J. Crew
and construction crew well-represented
in the knots of spectators along the route.
The Runner’s World
Half & Festival
19 in Bethlehem,
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schedule of movies,
speakers, and races.