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.
"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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