Dogs, Kids Boost 2nd Annual Dash


August 26, 2014
Diane Turner-Hurns

Due to the addition of a K-9 race for dogs and an expected increase in participants this year, officials of this Saturday’s second annual Badass Dash at the Ballpark at Rosemont have expanded race routes to go from the Ballpark and the Dome to across Balmoral Avenue into the Metro parking lot and circle back to the Ballpark.

Races begin at 8 a.m. at the Ballpark where registration and volunteer sign-up will be located.

Last year, 2,000 people participated in the obstacle course race and this year hundreds more are expected.

“So far we have about 2500 people registered, including an increase in children, and about 50 dogs,” local Race Director Brian Sharenow said Tuesday.

“We expect even more people to be there Saturday as family and friends watch and cheer on participants. We will have volunteers assisting as well,” Sharenow said. “We like having the race in Rosemont.”

The race is part of efforts to increase awareness about autism. Part of the registration fee goes to the Autism Speaks organization to fund research.

There are three different races for: adults, children and K-9. Sharenow said the K-9 and children’s races will be modified to reduce the obstacles and difficulty.  The race is 7.7 K or 4.4 miles.

A ‘Post Race Festival’ with refreshments, live entertainment and vendors will be held at the Ballpark.

“We have 36 obstacles. It takes us about three days to set up,” Sharenow said. “We set up, have the races and events on Saturday and begin clean-up late Saturday through Sunday.

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