The 2019 DYE HARD 5K, benefitting people with developmental disabilities, will be held Sunday, April 28, at 10 a.m. at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio. The number of people with developmental disabilities continues to grow. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six children aged 3 through 17 years have one or more developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disability, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or a traumatic brain injury.
“The purpose of our event is for our community to become impassioned about people living with and affected by developmental disabilities,” said race coordinator Melissa Baker. “By joining in the Dye Hard 5K, participants show their support for some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens.”
The Dye Hard 5K is an event in which participants get showered with safe, eco-friendly, colored powder while running or walking the route. Plaques are awarded for the overall fastest finishers, and medals will be given to the winners of each age group. Proceeds from the event benefit the Developmental Disabilities Endowment Fund of the Springfield Foundation, a 501c3 organization.
“A lot of people come and walk it just to have fun and play in the color,” said Baker. “This year we will have eleven different color stations, a DJ, food trucks including Khmericano Coffee, Witter’s Wings, The Painted Pepper, and Kona Ice, and a photo booth. Plus at the start of the race everyone lines up and throw different colors into the air.”
Early bird registration is only $30 until March 31. The price increases to $35 from April 1 through 21. From April 22 through race day, registration is $40. Groups of six or more can get a $6 discount per person when they sign up online by April 21. To register for the race and get more information, visit tiny.cc/DH5K2019.
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