14th 5-K Run in Riverhead benefits endangered turtles

10/22/2011 1:42 PM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | They're off and running in the 14th annual 5K Run for the Ridley to benefit the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation and Kemp's ridley sea turtles in downtown Riverhead Saturday morning.

The 14th annual 5K Run for the Ridley to benefit the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles was held in downtown Riverhead Saturday morning.

The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, one of the most endangered sea turtles in the world, is found right here on the shores of Long Island.

The Riverhead Foundation operates the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Program. It is the only authorized organization of its kind in New York State. Trained staff and volunteers provide assistance and care to over 150 animals a year.

Some 313 runners preregistered for the race and many others came out because of the beautiful sunny weather and windless conditions.

Here are the top finishers and their times:

1st- Rick Trojanowski of Calverton, 16:43
2nd- Ryan Udvadia of Shoreham, 16:59
3rd- Anthony Galvan of Riverhead, 17:00

1st- Taylor Mauarigoni of Riverhead, 18:40
2nd- Catherine Radzik of Mt. Sinai, 18:56
3rd- Mary Sullivan of East Quogue, 21:26

Age 9 and under:
1st- Christopher Schmidt of Jamesport, 26:38

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