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Hundreds Shine At Rye Derby Races' 27th Anniversary

Rye running sensation Jonah Gorevic outran all other Rye Y entrants in the 5-kilometer race on Sunday.
Rye running sensation Jonah Gorevic outran all other Rye Y entrants in the 5-kilometer race on Sunday. Photo Credit: Contributed/David Gammon
Harburt Okuti won the 5-mile race despite beginning a few minutes after the run officially began on Sunday.
Harburt Okuti won the 5-mile race despite beginning a few minutes after the run officially began on Sunday. Photo Credit: Contributed/David Gammon
Jonah Gorevic of Rye is only 11,years old, but he still won Sunday's 5-kilometer run for a second straight year.
Jonah Gorevic of Rye is only 11,years old, but he still won Sunday's 5-kilometer run for a second straight year. Photo Credit: File photo
Sunday's Fun Run & Walk sponsored by the Rye Y.
Sunday's Fun Run & Walk sponsored by the Rye Y. Photo Credit: Contributed/David Gammon
Salome Kosgh, 35. was the top female runner in the 5-mile run on Sunday, placing second overall behind Okuti with a time of 28:52.
Salome Kosgh, 35. was the top female runner in the 5-mile run on Sunday, placing second overall behind Okuti with a time of 28:52. Photo Credit: Contributed/David Gammon

RYE, N.Y. -- About 700 runners soaked up sunshine and competitive energy on Sunday during the 27th Anniversary of the Rye Derby.

Runners, cheered on by families and volunteers, could choose either a 5-mile or a 5-kilometer route in fund-raising races sponsored by the Rye YMCA.

The winner of the 5-mile race was Harburt Okuti, despite the fact that Okuti started the Rye race a few minutes late because of a conflict with an earlier race in New York City.

Okuti, 29, earlier won the race in 25:56.

The top female runner and overall second place winner was Salome Kosgh, 35. with a time of 28:52.

The winner of the 5-kilometer face for a second year in a row was a local favorite who you've read about in Daily Voice before: Jonah Gorevic.

Gorevic, who is 11 years old, ran the 5K in 17:58, easily eclipsing his winning time of 18.33 from last spring.

Natalie Weiner, 13, was the top female winner of the 5K for a second consecutive year, with a time of 21:04.

Go to www.ryeymca.org to view complete results.

"We are grateful to all the community members, sponsors and volunteers who made this day possible," said Sally Wright, Rye Y director of development.

The Rye Y parking lot was filled with Healthy Kids Day fun including active games, jump roping and hopscotch, live music, a climbing wall, free barbecue, grilled chicken tacos and frozen yogurt. The streets of Rye overflowed in the afternoon with enthusiastic kids and families participating in the family fun run/walk.

Proceeds help support the Rye Y financial assistance program, outreach and teen programming.

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