I grew up in Rye and have been coming to the Rye Y since first grade. I learned to swim here. Back then they had a universal gym machine next to the single pool. I even trained for the Navy Reserve here. The fitness standards and swim qualifications were very rigorous and I was able to prepare right here at the Rye Y.

Both my sons, now age 26 and 24, also learned to swim here. They both grew up at the Y and both of them did the Rye Derby Family Fun Run as soon as they were old enough to walk. They still come here to work out periodically. My younger son is now on active duty as an Army Ranger. The Rye Y was instrumental to his physical training.

I used to run competitively and also participate in triathlons. After it became popular it just wasn’t as much fun to compete. I enjoy training here. I like the atmosphere and the exercise equipment. The people are nice and the staff goes out of their way to help.

Working out here keeps me active. I’ve been a policeman for 32 years. Now I am a Chief and spend most of my day behind a desk, making staying in shape even more important. The Rye Y has helped me stay fit most of my life.