Utica’s Cohen paces field in Run for RAAC

Utica’s Richard Cohen finished as the winner of the sixth annual Run for the Rome Art and Community Center Run on Saturday, while Hamilton’s Shannon Cutting crossed the finish line as the top female runner in the 5-kilometer race.

Cohen recorded a time of 16 minutes, 41.6 seconds over fellow Utican Jerry Tylutki, who raced for a time of 17:53.4 as the runner-up. Oriskany’s Josh Kueling took fourth at 18:23 and Rome’s John Balog Jr. raced to fifth at 19:03.2. Ava’s Tim Johnson finished sixth at 19:21.1 and was the winner of the 50-59 age division.

Cutting led the female racers with a time of 20:44.3, while New Hartford’s Carrie French finished second and Cold Brook’s Tara Seigle claimed third. Verona native Sarah Walters was fourth at 22:52.9, and Oriskany’s Mary Wilson rounded out the top 10. Mackenzie D’Aiuto of Rome was also the top runner in the 13-and-under division.

The race took place on North George Street, while the walks took place at the New York State School for the Deaf. A Kids Fun Run for youngsters ages 9 and under was also held.

The event raised an estimated $2,500 for the RACC.