Peconic Landing, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, will host the 16th Annual John May Mile and 5K Race to benefit the Greenport Fire Department on Saturday, May 7. The fundraiser is open to runners and walkers of all ages and fitness abilities, offering both a relaxed mile-long walk and a more challenging 3.1-mile run. Registration and stretching begin at 8 a.m. at Brecknock Hall, with the race and walk to start at 9 a.m. Runners and walkers may register at

The event will include a vendor marketplace from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which will showcase local vendors, artisans, a classic car exhibit, raffles, and more. All vendor registration fees, in addition to runner contributions, will go directly to the Greenport Fire Department.Since inception in 2005, the John May Mile and 5K has raised more than $302,050 to support local first responders. The most recent event in 2021 contributed a total of $20,350, helping to purchase and maintain rescue equipment vital to keeping fire department volunteers safe during response efforts.

“The funds raised by the John May Mile and 5K have helped us to purchase life-saving rescue equipment, an off-road Gator vehicle, and even EMS training courses,” said Chief Wayde Manwaring of the Greenport Fire Department. “These contributions make a big impact.”

Following the race will be an awards ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on the back lawn of Brecknock Hall. As part of this ceremony, Peconic Landing will present The Older American’s Champion Award to the entire Greenport Fire Department and Rescue Squad. 

 “As we look back on the 20 year history of Peconic Landing, we reflect on those who have been there to support us in times of need, and there is no one that comes to mind more than the Greenport Fire Department and Rescue Squad,” said Robert J. Syron, President and CEO of Peconic Landing. “As so clearly demonstrated throughout the pandemic, our first responders put themselves at risk each and every day, selflessly responding to calls for help across Greenport Village. We invite the public to join us on this special occasion to thank these brave men and women for their strength, service, and courage to run towards danger in the name of protecting others.”

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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