The Tenth Annual MAD Dash 5K, held earlier this year, raised more than$20,000 for Surry County School System students and teachers. The race was hosted by the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation, with almost 400 participants racing through the streets of Dobson, with hundreds more volunteers and spectators cheering them on.
The 5K began on the Surry Community College campus and finished at the 50-yard line of the Surry Central High School Rex Mitchell Track and Field. All eleven Surry County Schools elementary GROW (Go Run Our World) Strong Teams competed in the event.
Each school team goes through a ten-week training after school. The training not only prepares students to participate in the 5K but is also aimed at teaching positive characteristics such as determination, confidence, self-pride and race etiquette.
“Thank you to all of our participants and our sponsors for making this event successful. Surry Insurance, our Event Sponsor, is a great supporter of our Foundation and students,” said John Priddy, foundation chairperson. “Even with our rain delay, the day turned out to be a great day to run.”
Hayco Construction, Jay’s Heating Air & Plumbing, and Renfro Brands were the Finish Line Sponsors.
“This is a great event for our students and community. The generous sponsor support we receive for this race will help students and teachers experience learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom,” said Dr. Travis L. Reeves, superintendent of Surry County Schools.
The top threemale runners were first place, Freddy Hernandez with a time of 17:21.29; second place, Isaac Eller at 19:54.19; and third place, Jackson Dunning at 20:10.56. The top three overall female runners were, first place, Eliza Richardson at 22:46.75; Maria Lluvia Garcia at 22:52.25; and Deanne Fitzgerald at 23:25.72. Dr. John L. Gravitte, DDS, PA, was the medal sponsor.