Friday, October 1, 2010

October 24th Donkey Dash 5k and Doggy Dash

Get ready for the second annual Sunset Valley Donkey Dash 5k and Doggy Dash! The event will take place on Sunday, October 24th. This flat, fast walker and runner friendly course will take athletes on a tour of beautiful Sunset Valley, and is only minutes from downtown Austin. The 3.1 mile USATF certified course will start and end at Doc’s Backyard.

The top runners in the Donkey Dash 5k have the opportunity to strut their stuff and shoot for a piece of the $1,100 prize purse, sponsored by Mike Davis with Edward Jones Investments. The prize purse is dispersed over the top 3 male and female finishers, top male and female master finisher, and bonuses for setting a new course record in those respective divisions.

Donkey Dash participants will also have the opportunity to enter their canine training partners in the Doggy Dash 5k, which will take place at the same time. The Doggy Dash 5k is one of the only canine friendly events that actually utilize chip timing and bib numbers for the canine athletes. Canines are divided into two age divisions: 6 years and under division / 7 years and older masters division. Awards will be presented to the top 3 canines in each division, as well as bonuses for canines (6 and under/7 and up) that set new Doggy Dash course records.

Of course the official event mascot, Star, will be out on the course cheering on event participants as she munches her morning breakfast! There will be two aid stations on the route with water for all the participants, including the canines. After the 5k event, the finish line party will include food and drinks from Doc’s Backyard and Zen. Awards will be then be presented for the top finishers in both the Donkey Dash 5k and the Doggy Dash.

Race proceeds benefit the Sunset Valley Elementary School, which will be hosting the two aid stations on the course.

All registration information including early online pricing, packet pickup details, and race day registration can be found here.

If you would like to help out and volunteer at the event please contact Sunset Valley resident, and race director, Andrea Fisher at

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