John May Mile & 5K Race returning Sept. 12 to benefit Greenport Fire Department

Peconic Landing’s 15th annual John May Mile & 5K Race will be held on Sunday, Sept. 12 to benefit the Greenport Fire Department.  

The “Community Giveback Celebration” will include a marketplace featuring local vendors, artisans, farmers, food trucks, a classic car exhibit and live music, among other things. Vendor registration fees from the marketplace, open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will go towards the Greenport Fire Department.  

The race offers both a mile-long walk and a 3.1-mile run. Registration will open at 8 a.m. near the entrance of Peconic Landing’s Community Center. The race and walk will start at 9 a.m. Virtual participants can upload race times between Sept. 12 and 19. The awards ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the lawn behind Brecknock Hall, where Peconic Landing will also honor New York State Senator Anthony Palumbo (R-New Suffolk ) for his aid to Peconic Landing during the pandemic. 

The annual 5K has raised more than $280,000 since it was started in 2005, according to a press release. The race did not run in 2020, but the most recent event in 2019 raised more than $21,000 for the fire department.  

“The generous donations from this annual event go a long way towards rescue equipment, firefighting equipment, and even EMS training courses,” Greenport Chief Wayde Manwaring said in a press release, noting that in recent years, funds have purchased a CPR machine and off-road vehicle for the fire department. “These purchases truly make a difference when someone is in need. We are so grateful for the continued support from Peconic Landing and the East End community.” 

Live and virtual runners can register at The race entry fee is $25 per adult and $15 for students. The mile entry fee is $10 per adult and $5 for those 14 and under or 55 and older.  

Times Review Media Group is a media sponsor for the event.