Spectators experienced déjà vu when Art Gunther of Nyack won the men’s division at the Rockland Road Runners’ 26th annual South Nyack 10-miler. The race was held on Sunday, September 7 in South Nyack at Franklin Street Park.
Gunther, 43, the perennial champion, won his 18th race title in 20 attempts with a time of 54:54. Caitrin Demchko, 25, captured her second women’s title in 1:03:52.
The race had one of its most competitive years to date with 417 finishers and the top six finishers scoring a time under one hour. Jon Lindenauer, 26, of New Paltz placed second overall in 55:09. Aidan Galasso, 22, of Suffern placed third overall in 55:52. Devin Kelly, 23, of New York ran 56:36; Greg Laraia, 23, of Valley Cottage ran 57:15; and Joubert Derival, 23, of Spring Valley ran 59:06.
Sheila Casey, 45, of Park Ridge was the second female to finish, clocking a time of 1:06:53. Kimberly Loehrke, 29, of Nyack was the third female finisher, running 1:08:43.
The USATF-certified course gave participants a scenic run out and back along the Hudson River, complete with water and ice pops at the seven-mile mark.
Proceeds benefited South Nyack and Piermont Volunteer Fire Departments, Rockland Road Runners’ Scholarship Fund and Nyack Soup Kitchens.
A variety of local businesses sponsored the event, including Beckerle Lumber Supply Co, Inc.; Mahwah Valley Orthopedic Associates; Buffalo Wild Wings; The Marisa Fund/5 Mile Turkey Trot; Porky Products; David’s Bagels of Valley Cottage; Destination Athlete; Marubeni Citizen-Cincom, Inc.; Gary Hecht Woodworking; M&T Bank; Captain Lawrence Brewing Company; Town of Orangetown; and Village of South Nyack.
“It never rains at the 10-miler,” said race director Michael Angarola. The weather was sunny with a high of 78 degrees, giving runners a dry race for the 26th year in a row.