DALLAS -- Sandy Teal said the importance of the Summerfest Fun Run, now in its fourth consecutive year, rests on three points:
- Encouraging the community to get out and run;
- Awareness of the trails offered in Dallas;
- and raising money for the Dallas Booster Club.
Oh, and it's a lot a fun.
"The most important part is getting people out running in our community," Teal, the event's organizer, said. "It's a fun run and that's what we want it to be.
"We want to encourage all kids to do it and their parents can run with them. We just really want to get the community involved."
The Fun Run consists of a half-mile kids' fun run, a 5K run, a 5K walk and a 10K run.
All races begin at the Dallas Radio Shack, at the intersection of Washington and Jefferson streets in downtown Dallas. Day-of-race registration begins at 7 a.m. and closes 15 minutes before the start of each race. Online registration is available -- and encouraged -- at www.eclecticedgeracing.com through Thursday at noon.
Races begin bright and early Saturday, with the 10K run starting at 8 a.m. The 5K run and walk follow at 8:30 a.m., and the kids' fun run rounds out the schedule at 9:05 a.m.
The 5K and 10K events will follow basically the same route as in the past and are largely flat and paved.
"The race uses the trail system and goes into the city park -- it's really nice and beautiful over there," Teal added. "(The 10K) gets a little complicated but there's a lot of volunteers to help direct people where to go."
The kids' «-mile fun run starts on the corner of Jefferson and Washington streets and follows the Summerfest Wild, Wild West Parade route through downtown.
All races finish in downtown on Main Street in front of the Polk County Courthouse.
2012 DALLAS SUMMERFEST FUN RUN
Saturday, starting at 8 a.m.
10K run (8 a.m.), 5K walk (8:30 a.m.), 5K run (8:30 a.m.) and «-mile kids' fun run (9:05 a.m.)
Day of race, starting at 7 a.m., at Dallas Radio Shack, 988 SE Jefferson St; online at www.eclecticedgeracing.com through Thursday at noon.
$25 for 10K run, 5K walk and 5K run; $10 for Kids Fun Run. Proceeds benefit Dallas Booster Club. T-shirts are available for an additional $12.
Volunteers are still needed.
For more information:
Sandy Teal, 503-910-9787; www.eclecticedgeracing.com.