The town was first settled around 1665. Local legend has it that after rescuing a Native American Chief's kidnapped daughter, Richard Smith was told that the Chief would grant title to all of the land Smith could encircle in one day - on a bull. Richard Smith chose to ride the bull on the longest day of the year (summer solstice) - to enable him to ride longer "in one day". The land he acquired in this way is said to approximate the current town's location. There is a large anatomically correct statue of Smith's bull, known as Whisper, at the fork of Jericho Turnpike (New York State Route 25) and St. Johnland Road (New York State Route 25A). Smithtown originally was known as "Smithfield."
The border between Smithtown and the Town of Huntington is partially defined by Bread and Cheese Hollow Road (Suffolk County Road 4), so named after Bread and Cheese hollow, which according to legend is where Smith stopped on his ride to have a lunch of bread and cheese. The road is reputed to follow part of his original ride.
This past Saturday was the yearly "Smithtown Running of the Bull". When I woke up the weather was my favorite for running! Cool and rainy. I had never done this race before and there was a local half marathon that morning so I was not sure how many people would be there so I headed out early just in case. Well I am glad I did because the traffic (not for the race but just because LI traffic sucks) was INSANE. Got to the race, not too many people there but a nice turn out. The t-shirt was a NEON yellow tech shirt! Win and Win!! I just wish the bull logo was not red.
As we lined up to start I was pleased when I saw this bar across the street. Katie's is where I spoke to my husband and we had our first kiss <3 <3
We lined up at 8:50 for the supposed 9:00 start and I saw a few offenders to one of my race etiquette pet peeves. Starting in the front when you are not a fast runner. Granted I start further back than I should but I feel that if you run a 12:00 min mile you should not be in the front...just sayin'
The start was about 4 minutes late so people were getting antsy....
The run itself was pretty uneventful an nice big loop and a few small rolling hills. Such pretty houses in that area. But I must note we did not run anywhere near the bull...?!?! Coming towards the end I saw a photographer and since I take the worst running photos..... Ugly Race Photos I am on page 3. I tried to smile and wave but the guy just looked at me weird. I thought he may just be a guy with a camera and was waiting for a family member or something so I just ran on. I think I found out later what the face was for...I looked in the mirror and saw the problem.....my new tree hugging peta endorsed organic mascara is not water proof LMAO so I looked like this.....
I got passed by a woman who I see at every race and she beats me every time and I decided this time was my chance to change that since it was the last 1/2 mile before she got me kicked it and ran like I was being chased. I passed her in the last stretch and crossed the finishline....at that exact moment came another racing pet peeve of mine. The woman who crossed the finish line right before me stopped dead in her tracks so of course BAM I crashed right into her back. So as I tried to not fall I twisted my ankle and felt like I was the one who did something wrong. Really people keep going...walking is fine but KEEP MOVING! So I had a twisted ankle AND my neuromas were bad!
6 days until the Diva...so I need to step it up a little this week. Yet not over do it....
Next up MUD RUN!!! I will post once I get the pics!!