Y'all know that I love a good local race. Marietta (a nearby neighborhood) hosts quite a number of excellent 5Ks throughout the year. A few years ago, I discovered the DI Dash 5K which is held annually in August at the historic Marietta Square. Our family has made this an annual tradition to run for the past 4 years, so of course we continued the tradition in 2016.
We arrived to Marietta Square just before the sun started to come up. There is a good amount of parking around Marietta Square, but since we like to park right along Marietta Square, we got there about an hour before the race to get our parking spot.
DI Dash benefits Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) and Bert's Big Adventure. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is a wonderful health care provider in Atlanta. They have always take such wonderful care of my friends' little ones in their times of need, so I am happy to help support them. A new beneficiary for DI Dash in 2016 is Bert's Big Adventure which is non-profit organization started by a local radio host that provides children with chronic and terminal illness and their families with an all expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World each year as well as various other events and projects throughout the year.
We were call to the start line area around 7:20 to line up and get ready. After a few race announcements, we were on our way right on time at 7:30.
Being quite familiar with the course from running it a number of times over the past few years. The race is a little crowded the first 1/3 mile or so then things spread out a lot. There are a number of rolling hills along the way, but mile 2 always seems to get me on this course as there is a decent size hill that is in there.
Yes, it was hot and humid. It is late August in Atlanta. However, today's run felt good. I think I am finally feeling my mojo coming back. A special shout out to this awesome guy, Stan, that I was running alongside in that final mile. I think it is safe to say that we were both motivating each other in the final stretch. If you are out there Stan, thank you!
After the 5K concluded, a 1K fun run was held before the awards ceremony started. The post race area was pretty small, but I have to give a huge shout out to the race for coming through once again and hooking us up with snow cones. Icy treats at the finish line are totally the way to my heart in the summer, so y'all win! They also had sweat towels for you at the finish line along with plenty of water, bananas, bagels, and other snacks.
After waiting for about an hour after finishing, the awards ceremony started once the 1K concluded. They started by presenting a donation check of $55,000 to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Bert's Big Adventure. How awesome!?!?! Momma K ended up in 3rd place in her age group today! Whooop!
Upon receiving your race bib, each runner was given a raffle ticket for the door prizes that were given out. Let me tell you what, DI Dash always has some AMAZING door prizes! Some of the prizes included fitness training sessions, GPS running watch, Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, and TVs! Sadly, we did not win, but it is fun to hold on to your raffle tickets in hopes of winning big!
This is a great race for sure and one that myself and my family will continue to support each year. Thank you again to the awesome team for hosting a wonderful morning of fun!
I love to run and most importantly I love to have FUN while I run....I am the "Funner Runner"
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