Preparation underway for Long Fish Dash

Monday, April 17, 2017

Friends of Shakamak and the Roots Running Group are preparing for the Long Fish Dash in April.

According to Derrick Cash, chairperson of the Friends of Shakamak, the Long Fish Dash is an annual timed 7K race and walk.

“You hear a lot about 5Ks, but 7Ks are less known,” Cash said. “There are a lot of people that train for minis and marathons, but they don’t have the opportunity for a competitive edge. This is to help the running community.”

Proceeds from the race will be split between the two organizing groups.

“The proceeds help with programming for the Friends, such as our Christmas in July at the park. It’s for the park and its community,” Cash said.

Julie Johnson of the Roots Running Group said proceeds which go to their group fund a scholarship for Shakamak Cross Country runners.

“They have to maintain their grade point average and run cross country for four years. We ask them about their running and their love of running,” Johnson said. “They may not run in college, but we hope they will become a lifetime runner.”

Johnson added the scholarship was given to two athletes last year and one athlete the year before.

“Shakamak has a lot of cross country and track runners, it’s becoming more competitive,” Johnson said.

The event, which is open to the public, will open with a fun run for those under 14, followed by the 7K. Awards will be given to the first overall male and female winners, as well as the first and second place male and female in each age category.

“It’s a great race, we’ve had over 200 participants in the past,” Cash said. “The people that run it have good feedback for us, and we listen to that feedback for the next race.”

Cash added the Long Fish Dash is also the single largest fundraiser the Friends of Shakamak has each year.

“We’re amping up our partnerships with communities, this is just another example,” he said.

The Long Fish Dash will be April 22 with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. Those that participate will receive a beanie.

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