Hundreds of runners and their families were off for the annual running of the Rye Y Derby Sunday, April 30. Among the noteworthy spectators was Olympic gold medalist Million Wolde, who hails from Ethiopia and won the 5000 meters at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

In the 5-Mile Race, the top three male finishers were Ayele Megersa (24:59), Harbert Okuti (25:09), and Gishu Dida (25:39). The top female finishers were Salome Kosgei (28:29), Meseret Ali Basa (29:10), and Jennie Cohen (32:06).

Thirteen-year-old Jonah Gorevic, in a time of 17:51, won the 5K for the fourth year in a row. Pat Newsom (18:07) and Ben Sweet (19:51) placed second and third. Brenna Hazen, age 13, once again was the 5K female winner, with a time of 21.33. Amanda Jaffe (21:37) and Eve Spencer (21:44) came in second and third. The first place 5-Mile Rye runners were James Kelly and Trish Muccia. Visit for the complete results.

After the big races, the Rye Y parking lot was filled with Healthy Kids Day fun, including active games and live music. Rye Y summer camp staff led a preview of what’s to come.

The day culminated with a 1-mile family fun run/walk kicked-off by Rye Derby co-chair Conor O’Driscoll. The streets of Rye overflowed with enthusiastic families and kids of all ages running, walking, skipping, and pushing strollers.

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