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‘Dash’ goes for different distances

COEUR d’ALENE — The 2023 version of the Spring Dash is going to get shorter. And longer.
The traditional 5-mile race put on by the United Way of North Idaho will be in its 41st year. Organizers said Monday they are teaming up with Cascadia Sports Timing and going to 5K, 10K and half-marathon options. It’s set for April 29.
“The future of this great family-friendly, fundraising event is projected to be bigger and better than ever,” a press release said.
The new USATF-certified courses will start and end at McEuen Park, follow the North Idaho Centennial Trail and offer views of Lake Coeur d’Alene.
The 10K will still be a Bloomsday second-seed qualifier and offer live GPS tracking via RaceJoy,
The popular Tot Trot for kids ages 1-10 will continue.
In the ’80s and ’90s, the dash attracted a few thousand runners as it was considered the kickoff to the running season and a final tune up for Bloomsday.
Its popularity gradually declined over the years, but it still attracted about 400 last year after being canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID
In its 40 years, the Spring Dash has raised more than $100,000 for United Way of North Idaho.
Register at www.springdashcda.com. Cost until Dec. 31 is $75 for the half, $40 for the 10K, $30 for the 5K and $5 for the Tot Trot.
Volunteers can sign up by emailing Chuck Neely at cascadiatiming@gmail.com.

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