What is The Mad Dash? The Mad Dash is an annual Labor Day tradition, founded in 1988 in Rhinebeck. It's been going strong for 30 years, and the proceeds go to help some great causes. It's happening this Monday, Sept. 3 starting at 7:30 am.

The Mad Dash benefits the Rhinebeck Interact Club which is sponsored by Rhinebeck Rotary and is a service organization for Rhinebeck High School students. The club raises money for local and international projects and does service work in Rhinebeck and in Nicaragua. Some of the local projects have included tree plantings and clean-ups at the Rhinebeck Cemetery, painting the historic barn at the Montgomery House in Rhinebeck, helping with SinterKlass, PorchFest and the Rhinebeck Christmas Tree Lighting and working in food pantries and soup kitchens in the area. The club organizes and staffs several play days each year for the Children living at Astor Services for Children and Families in Rhinebeck.

The Mad Dash includes races for all members of the family, including kids. For more info about the different races, and the start times, visit the Mad Dash website.