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Run, fun in quarry
Spring fling festival follows Boulder Dash
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Forsyth County News

At a glance

To register for the Boulder Dash 5K, go to the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce Office, 212 Kelly Mill Road, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. today. Registration will also begin at 7 a.m. Saturday at Northside Hospital-Forsyth, 1200 Northside Drive. Fee is $30 today and $35 Saturday.

More than 1,000 people have signed up for Saturday’s Boulder Dash 5K, but there’s still room for more.

The race begins at Northside Hospital-Forsyth and makes its way up Ronald Reagan Boulevard and into the Lafarge Aggregates and Concrete Quarry.

Organized by the Healthcare Association of Forsyth County, a part of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, the run/walk is in its third year.

Jason Mock, director of the chamber’s Small Business Services Center, said that while online registration for the 5K ended Thursday, anyone wishing to participate can still sign up.

“On Friday, they can come by any time between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. here at the chamber offices and register for $30,” he said. “Or they can register the morning of for $35.”

Mock said volunteers will be ready to sign up participants as early as 7 a.m. Saturday, with the race starting at 9 a.m.

Mock said the race often gets last-minute sign-ups.

“We’re at the time now where people go, ‘Well, my schedule has changed or the weather’s good, so I’ll go run,’” he said.

In its first year, Boulder Dash drew some 1,500 people and last year about 1,400 participants attended.

“Our goal for this year is to hit that 1,500 mark,” Mock said.

The event will also offers a spring fling festival with at least 25 business and nonprofit vendors, as well as a number of child-friendly games and activities.

“We’ve had 300 or 400 come out just for the spring fling in the past,” Mock said. “Lafarge will have several of their big trucks out there for the kids to pretend they’re driving, and there’ll be bounce houses and a DJ.”

Proceeds from the 5K will go to the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation fund in support of Envision a Fit Forsyth program.

Mock said he’s mostly hoping for nice weather.

“As long as the weather stays good, we should be good,” he said.