Donut Dash 5K Jan. 23Written by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
During many 5K races, it’s not common for runners enjoy a donut afterwards.
But at the Donut Dash 5K in Perrysburg, a delicious treat is expected.
The annual event is put together by the Toledo Road Runners and held at Levis Commons in Perrysburg on Jan. 23. It combines family fun and fitness with donuts handed out after the race as nontraditional trophies, according to Toledo Road Runners Race Director Ed O’Reilly.
“It’s a good but silly reason to be running on a chilly day,” O’Reilly said.
O’Reilly, who has been a runner for two decades, said the Toledo Road Runners’ mission is to promote running, walking and fitness. They are a non-profit organization with more than 1,000 members established in the 1970s. They have a number of different races during the year, the Donut Dash being one of the more low-key, inexpensive ones. It is free for Toledo Road Runners members and costs $3 for nonmembers.
“Runners need motivation,” O’Reilly said, explaining that this specific event is more for fun than fitness, but gives people a push to get outdoors.
The 5K event, which is close to 3.1 miles, will be meeting at Second Sole at Levis Commons, registration beginning at 8 p.m. and the race starting at 9 p.m. The runners will trek around the outside of Levis Commons in one big loop.
All ages are permitted to the race, which encourages anyone of all shapes, sizes and ages. The oldest member is in his 80s, O’Reilly said.
This is the second year the race will be held at Second Sole, which Store Manager Matt Folk agreed to as a runner himself. Folk said there are 100 knitted hats provided to the runners, as well as “plenty of donuts and hot chocolate.”
“There’s not too many races in the area, especially at this time of year, that will give you a donut afterwards,” Folk said.
Folk also explained that this event will also be known as a “prediction run.” During registration, runners will give their guesses on how long they think it will take for them to finish the race. Awards will be given to the ten people who guess closest to their actual time. Watches will not be allowed to be worn during the run.
“You could walk it and still be a winner,” O’Reilly said.
Awards will also be given for costumes, which Folk said people tend to get excited for. One year, Folk explained, a man ran in his underwear and another year someone ran the race in a donut costume.
“People do have a sense of humor,” O’Reilly said, adding that he loves seeing people gather together and running.
This report was written by Matt Liasse