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Herald’s Great Race won by restaurant regular

April Reardon is presented $500 and certificates for 26 barbecue dinners by Michael Hill, far left, circulation manager for the Albany Herald and Rick Wagner, owner of Wagner’s Barbecue. Reardon also received a six month extension of her Albany Herald subscription.

April Reardon is presented $500 and certificates for 26 barbecue dinners by Michael Hill, far left, circulation manager for the Albany Herald and Rick Wagner, owner of Wagner’s Barbecue. Reardon also received a six month extension of her Albany Herald subscription.

ALBANY — April Reardon and her husband Bob were trying hard to find the little blue box. If successful, they would win 26 weeks of barbecue dinners at Wagner’s, plus a subscription to The Albany Herald for the same period. Of course, the $500 cash prize would be nice too, they figured.

“We were serious about finding it,” Reardon said. “One clue had said that it wasn’t on 32 but to remember that number, and a later one mentioned a lot of highways. I told my husband I wanted to look at all the signs.”

— I’m very close to 32 and wear the number just fine

And a pope is close above me now. . . isn’t that divine? —

Reardon looked around the area the clues described and saw the sign for State Route 32. At the top of its post was a political poster with the simple word, “Pope.” She found the box tied to the bottom of the post.

“I got it,” Reardon said out loud. “I was just like, ‘man this is great.’ We were having fun even if we didn’t find anything, but I’m glad that we did.”

Reardon was presented $500 cash Friday by Rick Wagner, the restaurant owner, and Michael Hill, circulation manager of The Albany Herald. She also received certificates for a barbecue lunch or dinner each week for 26 weeks. The prizes were well suited to Reardon’s “tastes.”

“I eat at Wagner’s all the time,” she said, “and I have a subscription to the Herald too.”

And of course, everybody loves cash.