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Town and YMCA partner to put on Delmar Duathlon

Initiative aimed at promoting healthier lifestyle

The first Delmar Duathlon will be held on Sunday, April 22 starting at Elm Avenue Park at 8 a.m.

The first Delmar Duathlon will be held on Sunday, April 22 starting at Elm Avenue Park at 8 a.m.

— All of the proceeds from the race raised will go to the Bethlehem YMCA’s Reach Out for Youth Campaign aimed at providing scholarships for low-income children to attend summer camp. The funds will also help the Parks and Recreation Department purchase new Easy Ladders for the Elm Avenue Park Pool.

“The stairs provide easier pool access for seniors, young learners or those with physical challenges,” said Gallo. “They could cost as much as $3,500 a piece. We’re looking to buy one or two ladders depending on much is raised.”

The event will be produced by the Albany Running Exchange. Members of the ARE will host the event, keep track of times, announces the winners and provide DJ services while the race occurs.

There are a total 300 spots available for the race and nearly 240 people have signed up so far. Online registration will remain open until Friday, April 20, or until all of the spaces are filled.

“I think this event is a really nice transition into the biking season and where we begin to see more people out walking,” said Gallo. “April is pedestrian safety month and May is bike month, so the timing makes sense.”

The first Delmar Duathlon will be held on Sunday, April 22, in the Elm Avenue Park and will begin at 8 a.m. Participants must be 18 or older and the registration fee is $55 per racer.

To learn more, visit the town’s website at www.townofbethlehem.org. To register for the race visit www.areep.com.

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