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Dashing through the cold

Runners get in the holiday spirit at Last Run 5K (photos)

Runners take part in The Last 5K Race of the Year through the Christmas lights in Washington Park in Albany Saturday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Runners take part in The Last 5K Race of the Year through the Christmas lights in Washington Park in Albany Saturday.
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Fifteen minutes before Albany’s annual holiday race began, a teeth-chattering crowd of more than 1,500 gathered near the State Street starting line. With temperatures hovering just above freezing, friends huddled together, blowing warm air into their hands. Amidst all the chatter, though, the voice of a young Michael Jackson broke out over the loudspeakers, and the crowd began to jump and sway to the rhymes of “ABC,” ready for a burst of cardiovascular activity. The ...


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