Educational Foundation Mad Dash 5K set May 31

David Broyles

May 6, 2014

PILOT — The Surry County School’s Educational Foundation’s second Mad Dash 5K and Fun Run is about going the distance physically and through the links formed by partnerships with business and community. Foundation Liaison Melissa White said the event is set for May 31 at East Surry High School.

“We were pleased with the response last year. We had 329 turn out for the 5K and Fun Run together,” said White. “I think there was about 300 involved in the 5K course. We received overwhelming comments the runners enjoyed the course.” Registration for the event is set for 6:45 a.m. with the 5K slated to begin at 8 a.m. The registration fee for participants is $30 and $20 for Surry County School students.

The 5K course starts at the East Surry High Football Stadium track, where runners begin their trek through the back entrance fence. They will then make a left on the Highway 52 bypass, left on West Main, right on Lynchburg Road, a right on Dodson Mill road, left on West Ridge Drive, another left on Lynchburg Road, right on Dodson Mill road, left on West Main and then go past East Surry’s campus. Runners will then take a right beside the varsity gym, a right on the Highway 52 bypass and then a right into the stadium to a finish line set up on the track. A fun run will be held for participants ages 12 years and younger on the East Surry High School track at 9 a.m. Registration for this event is $15.

White said early race packet pick up is available at Surry County Schools Administrative Offices in Dobson May 30 from noon until 5 p.m. Race day packet pick up is available at the East Surry High School stadium entrance on May 31 from 6:45 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. with the race beginning at 8 a.m. rain or shine. The event will also feature computer chip timing.

Awards for the 5K will be presented after the fun run. Participants must be present to receive awards, which will be given to the top three overall male and female runners. Awards will also be given to the top three male and female runners in the following age divisions: 10-years and under; 11-13-years; 14-16-years; 17-19-years; 20-29-years; 30-39years; 40-49-years, 50-59-years and 60-years and older.

Event sponsors for the 5K and fun run are Renfro Corp. and Carolina Carports Inc.

“We would like to continue to grow this event and have 400 participate this year,” “White said. “The foundation is about relationships in the community, businesses and tying businesses to schools. Links are being formed through partnerships.”

The foundation was created by a group of local business leaders who believe investing in children’s education will impact the future of Surry County’s economy. It’s mission is to increase the level of education in the county and help students pursue higher education. Persons may obtain information on the run at 336-386-8211 or by emailing

David Broyles may be reached at 336-719-1952 or on twitter@MtAiryNewsDave.