Hundreds of runners, families and children enjoyed a breezy, spring day of races and festivities on Sunday, April 30. As a signature community event, the Rye Derby combines road races for all ages with Healthy Kids Day activities in a fun-filled celebration of family, community and health.
Runners followed either a 5-mile or 5K course, officially started by Deputy Mayor Julie Killian. Olympic gold medalist, Million Wolde, from Ethiopia, was a special guest at the race and the award ceremonies. Wolde won the 5000 meters at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
The male winners of the 5-mile race were Ayele Megersa (24:59), Harbert Okuti (25:09) and Gishu Dida (25:39). The female winners were: Salome Kosgei (28:29), Meseret Ali Basa (29:10) and Jennie Cohen (32:06). The winner of the 5K was once again Jonah Gorevic (17:51). Gorevic, age 13, started his racing career with the Rye Derby 1-mile family fun run about 11 years ago and has won the 5K for the last 4 years. The other male 5K winners were Pat Newsom (18:07) and Ben Sweet (19:51). Brenna Hazen, age 13, was once again the 5K female winner. The other female 5K winners were Amanda Jaffe (21:37) and Eve Spencer (21:44). The first place 5-mile Rye runners were James Kelly and Trish Muccia. Visit ryeymca.org to view complete results.
The Rye YMCA parking lot was filled with Healthy Kids Day fun including active games, live music, a climbing wall, free BBQ, frozen yogurt, sponsors tables and much more. The Rye YMCA summer camp staff led a preview of camp activities including gymnastics, crafts and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities.
The day culminated with a 1-mile family fun run/walk kicked-off by Conor O’Driscoll, Rye Derby co-chair. The streets of Rye overflowed with enthusiastic families and kids of all ages running, walking, skipping and pushing strollers.
“We are grateful to all the community members – sponsors and volunteers who made this day possible, and to all of the runners and families who participated in the day,” said Susan Olson, Rye YMCA director of development. Proceeds will help support the Rye YMCA financial assistance program, ensuring that the Rye YMCA can keep its powerful promise to the community that no-one will be turned away from a program or activity because he or she can’t pay.