The 5th Annual Artful Dash 5K run/walk was held on the Karl Stirner Arts Trail on Oct. 9. The race is one of the trail’s biggest fundraisers, and this year’s was the most successful one yet.
Lynn Schoof, race chair, said that thanks to donors and sponsors as well as the dedication of her race committee and volunteers, the event raised over $7,000. All proceeds benefit the Karl Stirner Arts Trail.
Five years ago, 70 runners participated. This year, there were 220 runners and walkers. The first-place male runner was Joshua Davis with a winning time of 0:18:36. He was followed by Mitch Ricker (0:19:09) and] Evan Flint (0:19:56). The first-place female runner was Abby Brett Van Horne (0:21:47). She was followed by Sarah Fairchild Jones (0:22:26) and Ashley Rohrer (0:22:40).
In truth, every runner and walker was a winner. The arts trail continues to be a place where runners, walkers, and bike riders wind their way past the sculptures, murals, and natural installations found along the trail.
This year’s race was dedicated to Richard “Mac” McAteer, who passed away in December. He was a founding member of the arts trail board and a visionary for the project when it began in 2010. He also was a big fan of the race and loved that so many people came out to enjoy time on the trail.
Thank you to the Artful Dash Committee—Lynn Schoof, Adam Fairchild, Nancy Handzo, Mark Hannig, and Steve Schmid—as well as to the many day-of-race volunteers.