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By Max Erikson

Dash and Dine brings out the inner athlete


Klickitat Valley Health (KVH) is inviting everyone to come enjoy its third annual Dash and Dine family fun-run and breakfast this Saturday, March 10. It is a 5K run or walk for adults, and a 1K course will be available for young kids. KVH is touting it as a true family friendly event. Its purpose is to bring the community together in a positive way and get people ready and moving for spring activities.

The cost is $25 for an individual and $50 for a family of up to five. You can register at the KVH check-in desk at the hospital or online at Registration forms can also be found at retailers around town. Bring completed forms to the KVH check-in desk. Same day registration is also available but the fee will increase by $10 if you wait until then.

On the day of the event check-in starts from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the entrance of the KVH Family Medicine building (KVHFM) on the east side of the hospital. The parking lot will be closed off and there will be a children’s play area that will have games, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, music, and dancing. A DJ will be on-hand to spin tunes and give announcements.

A large balloon arch will be set up at the starting line, and when the race is over, the balloons will be released into the air. The balloons are made of a biodegradable plastic so when they come down it won’t be a hazard to the environment.

Infection Prevention & Employee Health Nurse Paula Riley says that this community event is designed to get people thinking about their health.

“Our goal is to be the healthiest county in Washington,” Riley says. “This event is a way to bring the community together and bring awareness to health and fitness.”

The kids will take the starting line at 9 a.m. and the 1K run will last less than a half-hour. Parents are encouraged to take pictures and cheer them on. The course will be monitored by flaggers and parents to keep the kids safe. The course runs from the KVHFM parking lot to Collins Street and then takes a left. A series of left turns on Allison Way, E Allyn, S Roosevelt, Collins, and finally left onto Sanders way, leads the kids back up to the KVHFM parking lot.

After the kids finish their race they can head over to the play area and be supervised by KVH volunteers, while the parents focus on their run. The larger 5K run will kick off between 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m., and that course also starts on Collins Street, crosses the overpass of Highway 97, heads left onto the gravel road (Dingman Road) then onto Bickleton Highway. Turning left onto Broadway, the course heads down to S. Grant Street to Dwinell Country Ales. After taking a left on Grant Street, the course leads south back to Collins to take another left heading back to the KVH parking lot.

The race will be timed for the more competitive runners, and awards will be given to the top male and female finishers in each age category. Age groups are 13 and under, 14-25, 26-45, and 46 and up.

After the run, participants can head into the KVH cafeteria and indulge in a buffet style, all-you-can-eat breakfast meal that will have pancakes with toppings bar, yogurt bar, bacon, muffins, fruit, orange juice, coffee, and hot chocolate.

All participants will receive a hat and a finisher’s medal and a hearty breakfast meal. Marketing and Communications Coordinator Jim Semlor emphasizes the family oriented aspect of the event.

“This is a full family fun run,” Semlor says. “It is not to see who is the best, it is about bringing our community together in a fun healthy way. We want families to be inspired.”

Riley expects over 70 people to be at the event, and it also dog friendly for those who want to bring their pets.


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