This year’s Dash looks to the past

Delmar race organizers seek vintage gear for 24th annual running

— Adams said this year, the robot will be featured more prominently than in years past. The shirts will once again feature a robot and winners of the children’s race will be given a USB drive in the shape of the robot.

“We look for prizes that are fun, but useful,” she said.

According to Adams, about 650 people run the race each year on average. Last year’s race had a record number of people signed up at 803 runners, and 713 finished the race. There will be one last opportunity to register for the 24th running of the Delmar Dash on the morning of Saturday, April 14, at Fleet Feet on Wolf Road in Colonie.

At press time, about 520 had signed up for the 5-mile race and by Saturday an additional 100 are expected to enter.

“We know a lot of people don’t make up their mind until the last minute because of work or they want to know what the weather is going to be like,” Adams said.

This year’s race will feature a Kid’s Corner sponsored by The Spotlight, which provides supervision for children while mom and dad are running. The children’s race is also sponsored by the newspaper, while the main event is sponsored by Bryant Asset Protection in Delmar.

This year spectators as well as those participating in the race can donate an old or new pair of sneakers to provide footwear to those in lower-income areas around the world. The shoes will benefit the Hope Seven Community Center, which “provides daycare for low-income families, activities for kids and maintains a food pantry for the community.” For every pound of shoes collected for the Green Sneakers program, 50 cents will be donated back by the program to support the community center. Hope Seven started the initiative in hopes of collecting 1,000 pairs of shoes by June.

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