Delmar Dash gets ready for race day

Marcia said the program is designed to help children, "Get off their seat and on their feet."

She said the program has been very successful in its first year, with 81 children signing up. All of the children participating in the One-Step-At-A-Time program will receive special T-shirts signifying their accomplishments.

The Adams said preregistration has also been a success.

In cooperation with the elementary and secondary schools in the Bethlehem School District, race applications were distributed to all of the students.

For the adult race, the first 400 registered runners will receive T-shirts.

The 5-mile race will start and finish on Kenwood Avenue in front of the Bethlehem Middle School, and the course will be flat and wind through residential neighborhoods.

Marcia said she is hoping for the same community participation and support as last year's Delmar Dash. Last year, she said, people set up chairs on their lawns to watch the race, and there were even impromptu musicians and the occasional lemonade stand along the course.

"Seventy to 80 percent of the excitement of the race is the community in Delmar," Marcia said. "To us, it means the community is happy to have us here."

Day-of-race registration will be between 7:30 and 8:45 a.m. at the Bethlehem Middle School, and the kids' race will start at 10 a.m. and also start and finish in front of the middle school.

"We try to miss the church traffic and be as undisruptive as possible," Marcia said.

All of the money for the race goes right back to the children and the runners for prizes, trophies and T-shirts, Marcia said. The roughly 40 to 50 people who work on the event every year are all volunteers, she said, with the exception of the "timing crew," who set up the start and finish lines and have to use computers to help time runners.

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