Several sprint into the New Year with Dogwood Dip ‘n Dash
Franklin County residents and others looking for a healthy, fun way to kick off 2014 woke up bright-eyed and bushytailed on New Year’s morning for a 5K run in Winchester.
However, the Dogwood Dip n’ Dash was no ordinary 5K run. Once completing the 3.1 miles the participants later “cooled off” by jumping into the outside pool at the Winchester Swimplex.
A total of 81 people registered to run the 5K, sponsored by the City of Winchester.
City Administrator Beth Rhoton thanked the members of the Dogwood Steering Committee for all they did to organize the event, which was one of the first 5Ks of its type in Franklin County.
“We were very pleased with the outcome for the first year,” she said.
Rhoton said that a few out-of-towners also ran in the Dip ‘n Dash, and everyone who chose to participate had an absolute blast.
“We had runners from Alabama and several surrounding counties,” she said. “The dip was fun, and I think people missed out if they didn’t do it. Zig Ziggler once said, ‘If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you,’ and it was a challenge to take that first step but it was worth it.
“We are definitely going to have it next New Year’s. A little run, dip in the pool, then your black-eyed peas and cabbage…now that’s a tradition.”
All proceeds from the Dip ‘n Dash are going toward helping keep the Dogwood Festival’s Kidz Zone, and all the children’s activities are free again this year.
The 2014 Dogwood Festival is scheduled for the weekend of May 2.