Celebrate Father’s Day with the Dad’s Day Dash 5K (June 21)

 A 5k run or walk through gorgeous Manito Park on Spokane’s South Hill, the Dad’s Day Dash is a great way for fathers and sons to celebrate Fathers’ Day for a good cause. This Bloomsday second seed qualifier features a course that works its way past blooming landmarks like the Lilac Garden, Rose Hill and Nishinomiya Japanese Garden.Dad’s Day Dash supports SNAP’s efforts to outrun poverty. SNAP is Spokane County’s nonprofit community action agency featuring over 30 programs designed to provide low-income residents with increased stability, from energy assistance and home repair to micro-enterprise lending and foreclosure prevention.

This benefit for SNAP’s local poverty prevention work made the move from Plantes Ferry Park to Manito Park on Fathers’ Day (June21) this year. With a history that goes back over a century, Manito Park is one of the region’s postcard-worthy venues. Starting near the park’s lower picnic shelter at 9 a.m., this chipped and timed race features a course that tours the park’s many scenic corners and prizes to the top three male and female placers, as well as the top three teams in the corporate challenge. The corporate challenge offers groups of four runners from local companies to vie for the lowest overall time. Runners bring home a t-shirt and get to enjoy complimentary post-race food and prizes from local businesses for their $25 registration ($20 without a shirt).

SNAP helps close to 45,000 people each year. “This is one way we can work to outrun poverty,” says SNAP CEO Julie Honekamp. “Those who sponsor and participate in this event are supporting programs that bring education, resources and encouragement to our less-fortunate neighbors.” Chase Bank is the underwriter for the race and the list of other sponsors includes: Across the Line Timing, American Family Insurance, Children’s Choice Dentistry, Fleet Feet, Gus Johnson Ford, Inland Power & Light, Itron, Mainstream Electric, RE/MAX of Spokane and Yoke’s. Prizes will be provided by Fleet Feet, the Spokane Club, Chipotle, Picabu Neighborhood Bistro, Rocket Bakery, the Spokane Symphony, Trailhead at Liberty Lake Golf Course, Mountain Gear, the Spokane Shock, the Spokane Indians, Divine’s Automotive and Towing, The Scoop, U-District Physical Therapy, Indaba Coffee and HUB Sports Center. To sign up, go to www.active.com or call 456-7111, ext. 242.

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