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Boulder Dash approaching fast

Chamber run supports rec efforts

POSTED: April 5, 2013 12:28 a.m.
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Jennifer Sprayberry cheers on runners near the finish line during the 2012 Boulder Dash 5K.

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Runners will have the chance to take in some unique scenery as a popular race returns.

The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Association will present the fourth annual Boulder Dash 5K on April 13.

Jason Mock, director of the chamber’s Small Business Services Center who oversees the association, said the run will again take participants from Northside Hospital-Forsyth, along Ronald Reagan Boulevard and through the Cumming rock quarry.

Formerly owned by LaFarge, the quarry was sold in January to Bluegrass Materials Company.

Mock said the new owners are excited to be a part of the Boulder Dash. They will continue the tradition begun by LaFarge of holding the Spring Fling, a festival with food, music and children’s activities, at the close of the run.

“We’re excited that Blue Grass has stepped up to the plate,” Mock said. “They’ve joined the chamber, they’ve been a part of the sponsorship … even before they officially took over ownership of the quarry. And it just says a lot about their company and how they’re excited about our community.”

Besides Blue Grass Materials, Mock said about 20 other businesses have also signed up to take part in the Spring Fling festivities.

“We’ll have a DJ out there, a moon walk for the kids, it’s just a great atmosphere,” he said.

He expects race participation will be similar to years past.

“We think our numbers will be about the same as last year, over 1,000 runners and walkers, so we’re very excited about that,” he said. “There’s still time to register.”

He said many people have signed up recently due to a discount offering.

“The cost is $30, but we’re offering a $5 discount for anyone that registers between now and April 11 if they put in the promo code ‘boulderdash,’” he said. “We’ve been pushing that the past couple of days and have seen a good uptick.

“We’ve probably had over 100 people register just because of the promo code.”

Mock said people will also be able to register between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 12 during packet pick-up at the chamber’s event facility and the morning of the race beginning at 7 a.m.

“People can register the day of, and that’s a $35 race day fee, so we’re encouraging people to pre-register because it helps us out with logistics and getting everything ready,” he said. “But we will take them up to the 8:30 the morning of.”

As in years past, proceeds from the run will benefit Envision a Fit Forsyth, a program that supports Forsyth County Parks and Recreation.

Prizes will be given to the top three finishers in several age categories, and the overall male and female winners will get to take part in what has become a Boulder Dash tradition, Mock said.

“They get to place their feet in concrete to commemorate their wins,” he said. “It’s only fitting that we’re at a rock quarry and we’re using concrete to symbolize the winners.”

To Mock, the event is always fun.

“It’s an exciting day and hopefully the weather’s going to be nice,” he said. “It’s also a great opportunity to meet some of Forsyth’s great businesses.”

 

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