YOLO Festival of Races gives back to community

GREENVILLE – The 2017 YOLO Festival of Races saw perfect weather as race participants took to the Greenville streets.

Phillip & Jodi Pierri created YOLO of Darke County, Inc. The goal of YOLO is to bring together high energy individuals with a goal of living life to the fullest and giving back. The YOLO Community Fund was established with the goal of maintaining a fund that will be able to perpetually give back to the community.

“Beautiful day out here today,” said Phillip Pierri. “We have a lot of participants and very, very blessed for today. We’re pushing between 400 and 450 participants.”

The day began with the National Anthem and prayer followed by the start of the half Marathon with Dayton’s Matt Lemon taking first overall with a time of 1:10:50.6 and Allison Stover of Tipp City finishing first with a time of 1:36:10.3 as the top female finisher.

Chris Lemon, a Dayton resident finish first overall in the 15K with a time of 49:15 while Coldwater’s Ashley Lefeld was the top female finisher with a time of 1:01:05.6.

The top 5K finisher overall went to Dayton’s Lizzie Gleason in a time of 17:51.6 with second place overall going to Greenville’s Joey Hoover at 20:16.7, earning top male finisher.

The Kids Fun Run closed out the race events for the day followed by the Awards Ceremony.

“Money raised today goes to the Urban Park that we are doing here in downtown Greenville,” Pierri stated. “We should be starting here in the next couple of months.”

“We raised just about $20,000 just from this event, from sponsors and participants,” noted Pierri, “which is phenomenal.”

“Zechar-Bailey is a title sponsor,” said Zechar-Bailey manager Phillip Pierri. “They donate $5,000 to this every year. Zechar-Bailey is a huge supporter of our event, our organization.”

PHOTO CAPTION: YOLO 5K winner Lizzie Gleason jumps out to the lead at the start of the Sunday race. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

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