The Hamptons Marathon & Half and the Bridgehampton Half-Marathon + 5K were created by two runners, Amanda Moszkowski and Diane Weinberger, who in 2005 were looking for a race in which to compete. During the summer of that year, while training for a fall marathon, they noticed that there were no races longer than a 10K distance on the East End of Long Island. With their typical can-do attitude, they decided that it was their job to fill that vacuum, and the Hamptons Marathon & Half was born. Overcoming the skepticism of many local runners, who thought that a marathon in their area could not be done, the first race in 2007 registered a field of over 500 runners and was a great success, and has been followed each year with increasing (and always closed out) registration and attention at the local and national level. The race donates net proceeds to local charities, and to date has donated over $750,000 to the local groups including after-school programs in East Hampton and Southampton and Stonybrook Southampton Hospital. It is Amanda and Diane’s firm commitment to their runners, as well as to their community, which has helped produce these manageably sized races of elite quality.