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Sports > Running

DYC River Run adds two new events

Jul 8, 2019

By Jeanne Sager - reporter/photographer

By: Jeanne Sager | Democrat
Members of Team Winglovitz are easy to spot with their periwinkle shirts.
CALLICOON -- When Avianna Winglovitz runs the Delaware Youth Center's River Race this year, she'll be nearly 10,000 miles away from Callicoon.
Winglovitz is a college student and will be in Australia during the annual fundraiser for the Callicoon non-profit.
But running the race is something Avianna has done with brother Miles and mom Amy Stewart since the death of her dad, Gary, in 2014. Since 2015, the largest contingent of racers has been in Gary's honor.
Team Winglovitz has helped grow the Delaware Youth Center race to hundreds of runners and walkers each year, their distinctive periwinkle shirts marking them as walking in memory of Gary.
It's why this year's the Delaware Youth Center Race Committee opted to add a virtual race to the annual event.

Runners (and walkers) can still sign up online at to physically run a 5K or 10K or walk a 5K.
But if they won't be in town for the event on Sunday, July 21, they can join Avianna and dozens of others in the Gary A. Winglovitz Virtual Run. For a small donation, they'll get the chance to dedicate their run from anywhere in the world to the place where Gary played Little League and went turkey bowling as a little boy growing up in Cochecton.
“Running was a part of Gary's daily life. It was grounding, great exercise and he was always striving for a personal best,” Stewart said. “Forming Team Winglovitz gave our family an opportunity to create a positive event to honor Gary's memory, embodying his love for running and his strong belief in community service. We are so very grateful to our friends and family who have embraced this event and join us each year to support the Delaware Youth Center.”
The Winglovitz team's support has helped the Youth Center's biggest annual fundraiser grow by leaps and bounds, says Race Chair Ann Santoro, and the family's involvement has helped connect the race back to the mission of the center itself.
“The DYC is a very special place that has played an important role in many lives,” Santoro noted. “We were honored when the Winglovitz family joined our race and began supporting the DYC in Gary's memory and so grateful for all funds donated in his name. It reminded us that even far away, the DYC still holds special memories for many people.”
The virtual race builds on that, Santoro continued.
“When Amy told me her daughter couldn't attend this year, we realized this was an opportunity to provide another way to allow people to stay connected to our organization wherever life takes them,” she said.
Virtual runners who take a photo and share it on social media with a hashtag will even see their photo shared along with the runners and walkers who made it to Callicoon on the Delaware Youth Center's Facebook page and Instagram.
Sign up for the virtual run is the same: It can be done right on the Delaware Youth Center's site or
Headed to the race but not sure what to do with the kids? The Youth Center is a place for kids, and the race committee has that in mind too!
This year they're launching the first DYC Kids Fun Run, which will be held during the event to give children 6 and under a low key way to participate. Registration for the Fun Run will be held on site on the day of the race.
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