"What the race is really about for me," said Decker after posting his impressive time, "is that it's a chance for people who grew up with Tim to come back together again. Hopefully I'll be running in this every year."
Claudell Washington, 26, of Albany came in second for the men with 17:17 on the clock, and Chris Dewalt, 29, of Queens took third with 17:44.
The first-place runner on the women's side was Erin Boyle of Queens, Katie Moshier's former college roommate. The 28-year-old crossed the finish line at 18:18.
"I told her on Friday, 'I expect you to win this race tomorrow,' and she said she would try and give her best performance," Moshier joked. "And the next day, she won."
The second-place female was 42-year-old Eileen Leavitt of Delmar, with 20:14, and third place went to Katie Hodge, 36, of Delmar, who came in at 20:29. Moshier herself crossed the finish line at 30:18.
American flags lined Kenwood Avenue throughout the event as veterans, current service members, police, and even the Patriot Guard Riders all paid homage to a fallen comrade.
However, they weren't the only ones enjoying the spring run.
Local politicians, business owners, residents, runners, friends and family, all made an appearance at the event, some participating in the run and others just enjoying the scene as spectators.
The first-place team winner was Team Bethlehem, headed by Town Supervisor Jack Cunningham.
"I did well; I was happy with my time," Cunningham said about his 23:47 finish. "I'm a runner. I usually go running every day at lunchtime; that's why I try not schedule any appointments between 12:30 and 1:30."
Cunningham tied Mark LaVigne's time and the two were the first Team Bethlehem members to cross the finish line. Other team members from Town Hall included: Bethlehem Deputy Police Chief Tim Beebe; Councilman Mark Hennessey; Keith Silliman, planning board attorney; Mary Tremblay-Glass, human resource manager; and Robert Leslie, senior planner.