36th Annual Spring Dash

Gather the family and head to McEuen Park for a morning of fun!

By Jillian Chandler | Photo By Erik Jelinek, courtesy of United Way of North Idaho | Article provided by Coeur d’Alene Living Local

Mark your calendars for April 22 for United Way of North Idaho’s Spring Dash. Held at McEuen Park in Downtown Coeur d’Alene, the event is something the entire family can enjoy.

This year marks the 36th annual Spring Dash, and according to Mark Tucker, executive director of United Way of North Idaho, there are several factors as to what has kept the event running strong for more than three decades. “I think it’s really due to the support of the community, the great route [through Sanders Beach and along Lake Coeur d’Alene Drive] and timing of the event that has kept us going,” he says.

The dash features the main event—a 5-mile run—and Tot Trot for the kids. Last year’s event hosted about 900 for the main race and another 50 in the Tot Trot. This year they are hoping to reach a total of 1,000 participants as sponsorship, planning and registration started earlier this year. The event is stroller and wheelchair friendly as well.

“As a qualifier for Bloomsday, we get some pretty serious runners participating,” says Mark. “However, we also get those who walk the whole way. Kids under 10 years old can run in the main race, but the Tot Trot is a simple, fun way to get everyone involved. We also have some great information booths for local youth and health-related organizations, and we will have treats for everyone to enjoy afterward.”

The 5-mile run begins at 9am, followed by the Tot Trot, and wraps up with an awards ceremony beginning at 10:45am.

Proceeds from the Spring Dash benefit United Way of North Idaho, which has invested millions of dollars to help local nonprofits improve lives by advancing the education, health and financial stability of people in our communities. “More recently, the fund has continued to invest $175,000 per year, but we are also working diligently to understand the underlying causes of community need and developing solutions and collaborations to address those needs,” Mark adds.

Don’t miss out on this fun event while supporting our local community. Start breaking in those running shoes and register today at UnitedWayOfNorthIdaho.org.