On Sunday, April 27, scores of runners turned out for the 26th annual Rye Derby, one of the highlights of the local running season. Competitors of all ages hit the streets of Rye, competing in the 5-mile, 5k or 1k fun run-walk.
Moroccan long distance runner Mourad Marofit, 31, won the overall 5-mile race, posting a blistering time of 23:40 on the day. Askele Merachi, 27, won the women’s division for the second straight year, finishing the course with a time of 28:48.
Locals fared well in the event, as resident Malcolm Grey was the top Rye runner with a 30:59 time. Jenifer Hoogstra, was the top Rye woman, running the 5-mile course in 30:59.
The 5k course was dominated by local youngster Jonah Gorevic. The 10-year-old speedster finished with a time of 18:33, followed closely by the top female 5k runner, Natalie Weiner at 20:11.
Following the race, runners and families alike participated in the Healthy Kids Day, which features various games, live music and free food for all.
-Reporting by Mike Smith