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Dashing won't end at Christmas: E'town revives New Year's 5K

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Pajama wear encouraged

By Marty Finley

Elizabethtown’s prescription to shake off the nightcap of New Year’s Eve is returning to downtown New Year’s Day.

South Central Bank’s 2014 New Years Dash 5K Run/Walk rolld out at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at Kerr Office Group on 117 N. Main St., which is where the race will commence, Elizabethtown Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn said.

The main leg of the 3.1-mile course runs along North Main Street and hooks down side streets. Around 200 runners and walkers braved the cold last January to participate in the dash. Vaughn said the city would like to attract 350 this year.

The early bird rate is $25 if registered by Dec. 27. The rate after the deadline is $35. Kids 10 years old and younger can race for free and the city will guarantee a T-shirt size if registered by Dec. 15.

Those who want to take part in the dash can register at www.millenniumreg

.com or in person at Pritchard Community Center.

Race packets are available in advance from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at Planet Fitness, 1111 N. Dixie Ave., in Elizabethtown. Packets also are available the day of the race.

First-, second- and third-place awards will be handed out in different age groups and the best dressed award returns this year. Vaughn encouraged runners and walkers to show up in their pajamas or their New Year’s Eve best.

Vaughn said one of the changes developed for this year’s dash is the utilization of chip timing, which incorporates a lightweight chip identifying runners or walkers as they cross strategically placed electronic mats.

The cost to use the program, she said, is being offset by sponsors, which include the city, South Central Bank, Planet Fitness, State Farm, WQXE Radio and the Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau.

“All of the sponsor dollars we collect go toward expenses,” she said.

A New Year’s Eve party hosted last year at the Historic State Theater, which was accompanied by a fireworks show, will not be returning this year, Vaughn said.

“We will not be doing (any) New Year’s Eve celebration,” Vaughn said.

For more information on the dash, contact Vaughn at 270-765-6121.

Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.