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Dirty Dash aims to raise $50,000

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Journal staff

Anyone looking to take part in Sarnia’s muddiest event better get in line early next year.

Organizers of the second annual Assante Dirty Dash for Rebound say the June 11 event at Canatara Park has once again sold out, drawing in participants from across Sarnia-Lambton and elsewhere in southwestern Ontario and Michigan.

Capped at 750 participants (not including sponsor teams) registration for the muddy, family-friendly, obstacle-filled 5-km course sold out in under three weeks.

“Events such as the Assante Dirty Dash are an important part of tourism and our vibrant community,” said Vicky Praill, Special events and Sports Marketing Coordinator for Tourism Sarnia Lambton. “Locally, the Dirty Dash fosters participation, volunteerism and creates a sense of pride and accomplishment.”

All proceeds from the Dirty Dash benefit Sarnia-Lambton Rebound, and the 20 programs the agency offers for area youth. Last year’s inaugural event raised $37,000.

Event coordinator Jack Poirier hopes to reach $50,000 this year.

“I’m lucky to have a great volunteer committee, some great photographers who donate their time and some solid support from the business community and skilled labour,” said Poirier, pointing to significant contributions from lead sponsor Assante Wealth Management, top prize sponsor Brian Davis Jewellers and members of the Carpenters Union, Local 1256, who built the premiere obstacles.

About 20 obstacles will line the Canatara Park course, featuring mud-filled pits, colour-run style features and more.

Organizers are still seeking volunteers for the event, who will have the opportunity to run the course, if they donate four hours or more of their time.

Several food and refreshment vendors will be on hand for participants and spectators.

An official After Party is scheduled at the Station Music Hall, featuring live music by Thunderstruck and free catering by Republik and the Watermark Village Bistro.

Advance tickets are $10 and everyone (19+) is welcome.

 

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: The Assante Dirty Dash for Rebound After Party

WHERE: Station Music Hall

WHEN: Saturday, June 11, doors open at 6 p.m.

DETAILS: $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Only 500 tickets being sold, available at Sarnia-Lambton Rebound, Cheeky Monkey, Pickers Alley, Station Music Hall, or online at www.ticketscene.ca

For more information about the event or on volunteering, email [email protected]

 

Volunteer Marty Vanos sprays one of the mud pits while Dave Schoch looks on during the 2015 Assante Dirty Dash for Rebound. Photo courtesy of Edward Allen
Volunteer Marty Vanos sprays one of the mud pits while Dave Schoch looks on during the 2015 Assante Dirty Dash for Rebound. Photo courtesy of Edward Allen

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