EPIC plans T-Town Dash networking event for young professionalsWritten by Sanya Ali | | firstname.lastname@example.org
As artists line the streets of Toledo with their work on June 26, guests of EPIC Toledo’s latest event will be meeting, racing and exploring the city.
Sara Swisher, director of EPIC, said the T-Town Dash will provide an environment to foster social and professional connections.
“The T-Town dash is an opportunity for young professionals in the community to come down and experience downtown Toledo in the summer during an art walk,” Swisher said. “There’s a lot of people down here and it’s a good opportunity to learn about the different things downtown has to offer.”
Swisher said she wants interns and employees who have not yet discovered Toledo, especially those who are from out of town, to take advantage of this occasion.
“I hope they take back to everyone that there are great things going on in Downtown Toledo,” Swisher said. “It’s a very vibrant and exciting place to be.”
As advisory board chair for the dash, Jessica Sloan is in charge of a lot of the delegation and planning of the event. She said her goals for this year are similar to Swisher’s.
“[Toledo] is really a place you can make a life,” Sloan said. “It’s a great town. I’d really like a lot of people to come and see what Toledo has to offer.”
The dash, now in its third year, is arranged as a sort of scavenger hunt around this part of the city.
“When the dash begins, the teams will be given clues,” Swisher said. “They’ll have to figure out where their next location is, do activities and then there’s a party.”
The party will include free food and prizes for the winner of the dash. Sloan participated in last year’s event and she said she made a lot of lasting social connections.
“Last year what I really enjoyed about it was that I got to meet new people,” Sloan said. “I was put on a team with three people I had never met before. We had clues had to go from place to place. We really bonded and we really became close friends.”
The idea sprang from an older event called the EPIC Race, modeled after the show “The Amazing Race.” Once the race was phased out, they needed a similar event to show new residents the city.
“We had a professional and leadership development committee come up with it and it’s been a hit ever since,” Swisher said.
Swisher said she hopes the event inspires especially those in Toledo on a more temporary basis to come back to Toledo in the future.
“We hope to be able to show the interns a vibrant and exciting Downtown Toledo in the hopes that when they have the opportunity to choose to come back to Toledo for a job opportunity they will take it,” Swisher said.
Sloan said she wants people to leave with a fresh perspective on what she feels is an underrated city.
“It’s really a positive place to live and drawing that positivity towards it is really important,” Sloan said.
Registration can be done individually or in teams of six. The cost is $15. The event begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m. Expected turnout is around 75-100 people.