Third annual Captain Moshier races gets biggest turnout yet

The community came out en masse to run, walk and even hand cycle across the streets of Delmar to prove they have not forgotten one of their own at the third annual Capt. Timothy J. Moshier race.

This was biggest turn out to date for organizers, as more than double the registrants showed their support than when the even begin three years ago. According to the race totals provide by ARE Events Productions, there were 392 finishers 194 male and 198 female.

This is just amazing, I can't believe the turnout, there was well over 500 signed up last night for today's race," said Moshier at the race. "The weather held and everyone's having a great time."

The event continues to grow each year for the run/walk honors that honors Timothy Moshier who died while serving in Iraq on April 1, 2006, when the Apache helicopter he was flying was shot down.

He was a Bethlehem graduate and the father of a newborn daughter. His widow, Katie Moshier, helps organize the event each year and watches their daughter Natalie run in the Tot-Trot portion of the race.

Taking first place overall, Thomas O'Grady, 23, of Colonie, ran across the Bethlehem Middle School finish line at 16 minutes and 18 seconds, setting a pace of 5:15. The runners up were Matt Gokey, 35, of Delmar, at 17 minutes and 11 seconds, and Andrew Macmillan, 28, of Rochester at 17 minutes and 12 seconds.

The first place female runner was Katie Hodge of Delmar, who finished 22nd overall and came in at 20 minutes and 20 seconds and setting a pace of 6 minutes and 33 seconds.

Melissa Brinkman of Cohoes came in second for the females at 21:21 and Roxanne Wegman came in at third with 21:26.

A first for "Tim's Race," as it has become to be known throughout the community, happened when 37-year-old James Chaney of Albany hand-cycled across the finish line with 18 minutes and 5 seconds on the clock. Hand cycles were allowed this year for the first time to allow for more community involvement, something that is very important to Moshier as she is a spokeswoman for STRIDE Adaptive Sports.

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