Rhinebeck’s annual Mad Dash Race will be held Labor Day, Sept. 1. Sponsored by the Church of the Messiah, with proceeds going to local charities, the event features 5k and 10k races, and a 5k walk over rolling hills on a paved road, along with mini dashes for the kids. Chronotrack disposable timers are used for all 5 and 10K runners and walkers.
The race proceeds help fund many local charitable organizations, including The Messiah Food Pantry, multiple homeless shelters, AIDS-related community services, WIC, Community Coalition for Rhinebeck Youth, Dutchess County SPCA and more. In 2013, the Mad Dash hosted over 700 runners and walkers and raised over $14K, according to their website, www.maddashrace.org.
The 5K run and walk start at 8:30am; the 10K run starts at 9:15am, and the mini-dashes are at 9:30am, all starting from the Church of the Messiah, 6436 Montgomergy St. (Route 9). Pre-registered participants get a free T-shirt, and awards are given to the first three runners in each race in multiple age categories and the first five walkers overall. Refreshments will be served after the races. To register, go to www.maddashrace.org or register onsite the day of the dash.