Two area veteran runners headline this year's Delmar Dash.
Schenectady's Emily Bryans is seeking another women's division title, while Albany's Chuck Terry is the leading contender for the men's division title at Sunday's 5-mile road race.
Both runners are coming off strong performances at last month's Runnin' of the Green race in Green Island. Bryans won the women's division title by tying her own course record time of 22:58, while Terry was the top local finisher on the men's side with a second-place time of 20:52. Justin Wood of Oneonta won the 4-mile race with a time of 20:32.
I had a very good race there, said Bryans of her performance at the Runnin' of the Green. "I'd been training for [the Boston Marathon], so I'd been putting in a lot of mileage. And I had a very good winter."
Terry was encouraged by his showing in Green Island. "I was a little injured earlier this year with some lower leg issues but I'm feeling better now," he said. "I've been training for a month, and my legs feel fine."
Bryans has been nearly unstoppable at Delmar. She has won five women's division titles, including the last two.
"There are a fair number of turns, but at the same time it's mostly a flat course with a couple of small downhills. So, it's a fast course," said Bryans. "I'm just going to do the best I can and see how it all plays out."
Bryans traditionally uses the Delmar Dash as her final tune-up for the Boston Marathon, which takes place eight days later.
"I view [Delmar] as a nice prep race," said Bryans. "It's a good way to turn over my legs and start getting them ready for Boston."
Terry has been a solid contender at Delmar since he started running there in 2006. He's finished second four times and won the race in 2008.