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Downtown Dash 5K will boost beautification

Carrie Coppernoll Published: May 28, 2013

Here’s some information that just came out from Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc.:

The fifth annual Downtown Dash 5k presented by St. Anthony Hospital will take place this Saturday, June 1 and will benefit Downtown Oklahoma City Initiatives, which supports beautification and public art projects in downtown Oklahoma City.

The event, which is produced by Downtown OKC, Inc., kicks off at 6 p.m. with a health expo on the St. Anthony Plaza, located on NW 9th Street and Walker Avenue. The expo features a selection of booths from local health and fitness experts, as well as free samples from Starbucks.

The race begins at 8 p.m., and the route travels through the historic Midtown and Heritage Hills area. It concludes at the St. Anthony Plaza, where there will be refreshments and water from the UCO Hydration Station. All participants will receive a reusable water bottle and a Downtown Dash tank top from Tree & Leaf Clothing.

Race registration is open online now until 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 29 at downtownokc.com. After that, participants may register in the Leadership Square Lobby (211 N. Robinson) during packet pick-up from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31 or on race day beginning at 6 p.m. at the event site. Registration is $35 per person.

Cash awards will be presented to the overall male and female winners. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each five-year age group. The run is sanctioned by USA Track and Field as a 5,000-meter course, and is certified by the Road Racing Technical Council. DG Productions will be timing the race.

Net proceeds from the event go to the Downtown OKC Initiatives – the purpose of which is to support revitalization and beautification projects in the greater downtown area. Recently, Downtown OKC Initiatives made a contribution to the Silo Art Project, and the board and staff plan to implement other community projects later this year.