Runners gathered for the start of the Run to Remember 5K May 19, 2019. Photo: Denise Civiletti

The 5th Annual Run to Remember drew about 170 runners for a 5K run this morning through the streets surrounding the Riverhead High School campus, where the race started and finished.

Riverhead High School sophomore Michael Burns, 15, of Riverhead was first to cross the finish line, posting a race time of 17:51.46.

Burns was followed across the finish line by classmate Benjamin Catanzaro, 15, of Wading River, who finished at 18:48.20.

Bryan Knipfing, 34 southold, finished third at 19:04.36.

Laura Brown, 51, of Westhampton was the first woman to cross the finish line with a 20:55.21 run time. Madison Stromski, 16, of Aquebogue was the second-place finisher among female racers, at 22:11.93 and Jessica Hautsch 32, of Lake Ronkonkoma was third, finishing at 22:18.86.

Juan Della Rosa, 5, of Flanders, won the “fun run” held before the formal R2R race. (His brother Brandon, 11, placed first in the male 10-11 category.)

The oldest person to finish the race was 74-year-old Angela Pecoraro of Calverton, who completed the race in 54:20.45, — ahead of 16 other contestants.

The youngest finisher was 6-year-old Jacoby Nordness, of Mattituck, who finished 45th out of 70 male racers at 34:14.17.

In all, 166 runners finished the race this morning. See full race results at Elite Feats website.

The R2R is a fundraiser for the Riverhead Administrators Association scholarship fund.

The race is held in memory of departed members of the Riverhead school community, students, faculty, administrators and staff alike. It was begun in 2015 by administrator Patrick Burke, currently assistant principal at Pulaski Street School. Burke has organized the event each year.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Denise Civiletti

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