Rye YMCA Blog


SteveNewmanI’ve been here at the Rye YMCA on and off my whole life. I started on the YMCA swim team when I was six and was on the team when we won States in 1970.   For a while we had an early morning Masters swim group here and I was the volunteer coach.

Now I’m still here most mornings. I’m one of the members who sits in their car until 5:27 a.m. and then gets in right away when the doors open at 5:30. I teach Math at New Rochelle high school and it is a great way to start my day.

I’ve swum competitively throughout my life. I went to YMCA Nationals as an adult five or six years ago as a representative of the Rye YMCA. Since I spend Christmas breaks in Florida, I began training with the Sarasota YMCA Sharks. About five years ago, the Sharks asked me to swim at a Master’s Nationals and now I swim all year round for them.

In early November, I represented the Sarasota Sharks in the Men’s 800 meter freestyle relay. We broke the world record by almost seven seconds for our age group. The age group is 240-279 years for the total age of the four participants. I was the young guy at 53. The Sarasota Y coach thinks we may have a shot for a new world record in the spring.

I could not have done this without the Rye YMCA. The staff is always friendly and accommodating. Swimming here in the early morning and later afternoon is perfect for me. I’ve really gotten to know the people I swim with well. The camaraderie lends itself to making new friends, from the chit-chat before the doors open to conversations in the locker room.

As a member of the Y you have a chance to give back. I participate in the swim fundraisers like the one supporting LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. I also enjoy lending a hand to help out a swimmer; just a few minutes ago I helped someone with their flip turn technique. Why would you want to go anyplace else?


MORE in 2016

Tribe-2013Do you want to do MORE in 2016?

The Rye Y is organizing an informal running group to train for the 2016 MORE Magazine Half-Marathon in Central Park.  This all-women’s race will take place on Sunday, April 17th.

This group is for women who are interested in running, run-walking or just walking a half-marathon with the support and encouragement of friends!   The idea is simple – create an opportunity for women to connect with each other and train together.  A weekly long run will be held on Sunday mornings and will be organized by running or walking pace.  Most runs will originate in the Rye area, with some runs held at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve.  There will be occasional social activities to make this a well-rounded training experience!

An 18-week “Get Me to the Finish Line” training plan will be provided with training kicking off the week of December 14th.  If you are interested in participating please email Laura Tiedge at laura@ryeymca.org  to be placed on the interest list.   A general organizational meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 8th at 10:30 am OR 7:00 pm to launch our journey TOGETHER!


Adventure Guides – Upcoming Adventures!

A school-year program for dads (or favorite male role models) and kids, grades Kindergarten-4th, designed to foster the friendship between them. Tribes gather monthly for fun meetings, hiking, camping, sporting events and more. All participants receive a vest and can earn badges to put on them. Additional expenses TBD based on adventures and outings. All dads are free and registration is required. For questions: johnrice@ryeymca.org
Family Members: FREE

Click here to view the upcoming adventures!


Turkey Burn Weekend

FRI- SUN, NOV. 27-29


ExerBird Challenge
Family Fit & Fun
Creative Crafts
Swim with Cause
Teen Turkey Terror
Family Gym, Swim and more

Click here for details.  We are closed on Thanksgiving and open 8am-6pm on Friday, November 27.