Engaged couple sweep overall titles at Delmar Dash

Aaron Robertson and Jodie Schoppmann will soon be calling the Capital District their home.

On Sunday, the engaged couple owned the Delmar Dash.

Robertson who recently settled in Guilderland and started teaching at Bethlehem Central Middle School won the men's division title with a time of 25:07, while Schoppmann claimed the women's division championship.

"It's pretty cool," said Schoppmann, a Long Island native who will be joining Robertson in the area once they are married this summer. "We're a nice, fast couple."

"I've always wanted to do this race, and now that I'm here I'm glad I got to do this," said Robertson.

Robertson took the lead after the 2-mile mark and pulled away from the rest of the pack to claim the men's title.

"There was a pretty big pack of seven or eight runners at the 1-mile mark, but by the 2-mile mark there were only three of us," said Robertson. "I just picked it up at that point."

Albany's Chuck Terry was one of the runners that Roberston was with, but Roberston soon left Terry behind " this after Terry showed Roberston the course two weeks ago in a training run.

"He was just in another league today," said Terry, who placed second for the fifth time in the last six years. "There was nothing we could have done."

After Robertson crossed the finish line, he watched as his fiancE ended Emily Bryans' run of consecutive Delmar Dash women's titles at two by completing the 5-mile course with a time of 28:06.

"I was just using it as a workout " just tried to run fast," said Schoppmann.

Schoppmann fed off the pace of some of the top male runners to cruise to victory in her first Delmar Dash.

"I ran the Stockade-athon [in Schenectady] last year, and there were a few guys I recognized from running there. So, I just keyed in on them," said Schoppmann.

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