And They Were Off and Running:
Mother Nature cooperated with the Rye YMCA and provided perfect running weather for the 26th running of the Rye Derby.
Mother Nature cooperated with the Rye YMCA and provided perfect running weather for the 26th running of the Rye Derby. Both elite and amateur runners participated in the 5-Mile and 5K races, and families and kids raced one another in the 1-Mile Fun Run. The Y parking lot was packed with fun for Healthy Kids Day. It was a big hit, from the inflatable batting cage and the climbing wall to the delicious free BBQ and frozen yogurt.
The winner of the 5-Mile race was Mourad Marofit, age 31, with a time of 23:40; the female winner for the second year in a row was Askale Merachi, age 27, who finished in 28:48.
The top Rye 5M runners were Malcolm Gray (30:59) and Jennifer Hoogstra (37:32).
The winner of the 5K race was 10-year-old Jonah Gorevic (18:33). The female 5K winner was Rye resident Natalie Weiner (20:11).
In recognition of the Y’s centennial year, the first 100 runners to finish received a commemorative Frisbee. Derby Day was just the beginning of great things to come.
— Kathleen Durkee