“We wanted to create a community event that would attract individuals and organizations in the community and celebrate wellness, fitness and fun — while giving back to a good cause,” said race co-chair and Rotary Club of Dunwoody member Kathy Brandt.
The event, hosted by the Rotary organization, has raised more than $85,000 since its inception. Proceeds from the event focus on improving education, public health and public safety — police and firefighters, according to the website.
Brandt said since its inception, the race has attracted runners, sponsors and guests 500 to 600 in number.
“People come from all over the metro area and we have registrations from several neighboring states — South Carolina, Kentucky and North Carolina,” she said.
Throughout the morning of the event there will be prizes donated by several sponsors, health screenings, flu shots and preventive care information.
Besides the fun run and tot trot for the little ones, there will be a hula hoop contest, games and a bounce house. Members of the Dunwoody Police Department and DeKalb County Fire and Rescue will be there to answer questions, while providing up close and personal looks at a patrol car and fire truck.
There is an opportunity for someone to donate to the cause without participating in the event. Phantom runners can make a minimum donation of $30 and will receive a cotton T-shirt if registered by Sunday.
As part of the Healthy Start Weekend initiative, there is the third annual Tour de Dunwoody taking place Saturday at Dunwoody Elementary School.
This is a family biking event that includes three riding options with registration and check-in beginning at 7:30 a.m. The bike ride begins at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the school.
There is a three-mile main ride with police escort beginning and ending at the school and two shorter, on-campus routes for younger children that will begin at 8:45 a.m.
To register for the bike ride, visit www.dunwoodypto.com.
All in all, Brandt said she is looking forward to a family-oriented weekend that will attract visitors far and wide.
“Our goal is for the runners to really enjoy the race course and our sponsors and guests to celebrate the day with us,” she said.
If you go:
When: Sunday, the 5K begins at 8 a.m., the One Mile Fun Run at 8:45 a.m. and the Tot Trot at 9:15 a.m.
Where: 100 Perimeter Center Place, NE, in Dunwoody
Cost: the 5K is $30 through Saturday and $35 on race day, One Mile Fun Run is $20 on race day