Friday, May 6, 2016

Wineglass Marathon plans to donate bikes to Steuben County Sheriff

BATH – Steuben County Sheriff David Cole said Monday his department can add two more bicycles and deputies to its Police Mountain Bicycle Patrol, thanks to the generosity of Wineglass Marathon organizers. Cole told the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Correction Committee the additional equipment and training offered by marathon organizers will boost the department’s patrol to four deputies. "The crowds at the Wineglass are really large and this will help us patrol more effectively and assist the public with the traffic pattern changes during the race," Cole told the committee. "The use of Police Mountain Bike Patrol allows the deputies to interact and help people better". The teams also will be available to patrol other large, outdoor events, such as the Fall Foliage Festival in Cohocton and county Fair in Bath, Cole said. The donation of the bicycles and other equipment were accepted by legislators pending expected final approval by the county Legislature when it meets at 10 a.m. May 23. The 35th annual Wineglass Marathon, slated for Oct. 2, has grown in national stature as a premier running event, is the second largest marathon in New York State and brought in millions of dollars in revenues for Steuben and tourism-related businesses. Marathon officials announced April 27 the Half-Marathon is now sold out, and less than 500 slots remain open for the full Marathon.