Registration is now open for the 2nd annual Delta Dash, a 5K obstacle course designed to challenge the heart, body and soul. The event will be held Sept. 28 at Lower Bryant Landing and will feature six heats, allowing more participants to “get down and dirty in the upper Delta”.
A competitive heat starts at 9 a.m. and non-competitive heats begin at 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The race is sponsored by The Young Professions of the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce.
The Delta Dash takes place over three miles of wooded terrain where several obstacles are encountered, such as a mega slip and slide, a mud crawl, detours off the main trails through a creek, scaling hay bales and many other surprises.
“The first Delta Dash was an awesome experience for everyone involved. The Young Professionals had a blast designing the course, building the obstacles and having 500 participants come see what the North Baldwin area has to offer,” said Kimberly Cain, one of the organizers.
There will be some changes, Cain said, including new obstacles and multiple start times “We had lots of compliments from last year’s participants and have listened to the request for timing so this year’s race will have chip timing and each racer will know their time.”
This year, participants will receive a T-shirt, mug, food, beer and “the race experience of a lifetime,” she said.
Chris Yokley, Delta Dash co-chair, said the inaugural event “was an overwhelming success and exceeded our highest expectations. We hope for 200 to 250 participants and ended up having to close registration with almost 500.”
Yokley said that feedback was very positive. “Many commented that it was even better than some of the nation-wide events they had participated in.”
The plan is to make this year’s even bigger and better, Yokley said, with a goal of reaching 1,000 participants. With plans to double the number of entrants, the group will also need to double its volunteer force. Those who volunteer receive a t-shirt and an invite to the pre-party at the course, he said.
“We’ve got a lot of fun things planned for our volunteers including a volunteer run so that they don’t miss out on the fun,” he said. “There will also be plenty of goodies and surprises on the day of the event, but I can’t tell those secrets.”
On-line registration is at www.deltadash.org. The cost is $65 until Sept. 23 when registration hits $70. Teams of eight or more may receive a $5 per person discount.
The race takes place on property owned by John Sutton and Hooper Matthews. Title sponsors include Faulkner State Community College and the Alabama National Guard.
For more information, contact the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce at 251-937-5665, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.deltadash.org.
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