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Quarter-century for Delmar Dash

Race that turns 25 this year started as weekly running group

Runners lined up at the starting line at the 2011 Delmar Dash. This year, the event is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Runners lined up at the starting line at the 2011 Delmar Dash. This year, the event is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Photo by Charles Wiff.

— “It was a really hard thing to let go,” said Via. “But with everything else going on in our lives, it was time to hand it over to someone else.”

Via and Steadman plan to man the sidelines at this year’s race.

“The Delmar Dash is going to be 25 years old,” Via said. “My baby is all grown up and an adult now.”

The Delmar Dash will run for the 25th time on April 14, at 9 a.m. at the Bethlehem Middle School. Organizers Aaron and Diana Knobloch, plan to recognize Steadman, Via and the other original organizers at the event.

Via said he is looking forward to being there.

“I have even asked them if I could do the announcement and shoot the gun,” said Via with a laugh.

Registration is available online until Thursday, April 11, at noon, at www.hmrrc.com. There will be no day-of-race registration. Last chance registration is $30 and will be held at Fleet Feet Sports at 155 Wolf Road in Colonie, on Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.hmrrc.com.

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