The most obvious, of course, is that the race is geared toward the fastest growing demographic in our sport women’s runners.

But what’s really neat about this event, as high school and college graduation season beckons later in the spring, is that this race is a “graduation” of sorts in the local running community. The MHRRC’s Learn Air Jordan 2010 to Run program culminates with this race for female participants of the program, which started last month and continues for several weeks.

Don’t expect race organizer Polly Sparling to be playing “Pomp and Circumstance” at the Dutchess Rail Trail on May 17, but do expect her and her team of Learn to Run volunteers to beam with pride as new runners experience the joy of Air Jordan DMP completing a road race for the first time. Awards will be in the usual 10 year age group increments, but there will also be special awards for new or beginning 5K race finishers.

In addition, a portion of the fees collected Air Jordan 11s at the race is donated to the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, a grass roots organization that works against domestic violence right here in Dutchess County. Also, “I Run Like A Girl,” a popular line of women’s running shirts owned by John Jay High School graduate Kelly McCloskey, will be selling their awesome gear at the race.

“Although these races attract plenty of competitive local runners, we try to focus on new racers especially first time 5Kers so that their first race experience is challenging, but also fun,” Sparling said.

Jailbreak 5K

The Jailbreak for Home 5K race has been around for more than a decade, and it truly may be one of the most runner friendly races out there. And listen: Any event that can combine Air Jordan 3s two of my favorite sports baseball and road racing is sure to be a “home run” in my book. Sorry. I couldn’t resist.

Well, now, a really great race just got better, as this year the annual Dutchess Stadium event has been picked up as a Mid Hudson Road Runners Club event. This makes sense, as the MHRRC always has had a strong presence at this race. The combination of the MHRRC’s expertise in road race management, and the Hudson Valley Renegades/Pitch for Kids organizations’ expertise in putting on high quality and fun family events, makes this perfect. There will be kids’ races around the bases at The Dutch. There is a 5K run and a 5K walk. As with all MHRRC races, the kids’ run is free to all who pre register online by April 29.

Perhaps the biggest perks of this event: All registrants receive a pair of tickets to Air Jordan 23s a 2014 Renegades game, and a one month free membership to Gold’s Gym. That’s quite a value for the entry fee. In addition, the first 300 pre registered runners are guaranteed race T shirts.

Boris shines in Delaware

Salt Point resident Michele Boris won her age group at the Seashore Classic Half Marathon in Lewes, Del., on April 13. The 56 year old took top honors in the 55 59 division, and was the only woman in the division to break the two hour barrier. She ran 1 hour, 56 minutes, 26.5 seconds, an average of 8:52 per mile, and outdistanced the second place finisher in the division by more than six minutes.