Runners Rock: Boulder Dash 5K an accomplishment for most



CUMMING, Ga. — The adrenaline and spirit of this year’s fifth annual Boulder Dash run attracted 1,600 runners along with their families, friends and the community to cheer them on.

This was also the first year for the 10K race, which drew 120 runners.

“The day was a success,” said Jason Mock, of the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Association.

Pumped runners swarmed the parking lot of Northside Hospital-Forsyth, a presenting and title sponsor, for the early start of the race put together by Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Association.

Participants passed through the Bluegrass Materials Company, another presenting and title sponsor, and crossed the finish line with visible accomplishment.

This year’s race drew more runners, walkers and sponsors than years past.

The money raised in this event goes to the county’s parks and recreation foundation.

“From the beginning, Northside Hospital really wanted the money to stay local and benefit a healthy living,” Mock said. “That money has gone to put up signs on the Greenway to educate people, and it goes to making sure that Forsyth County is a healthy place.”

In March, Forsyth County was named — for the second year in a row — as the healthiest county in the state, by the 2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings and Roadmaps study.

During the Boulder Dash, supporters cheered on the runners and joined them in the Spring Fling Festival, which doled out food and activities for children as well as educational displays and hauling trucks.

“Our vendors were getting more traction with people coming and seeing them at their tents,” Mock said. “The new finish line in the middle of the Spring Fling really helped.”

The runners were of all ages. Many were part of groups such as Girls on the Run, which is an organization that empowers and educates girls as young as 8 years old.

The event raised funds for Envision a Fit Forsyth, which works with Forsyth County Parks and Recreation to provide park signage and other health initiatives.

“It was a beautiful day and a great event,” Mock said.

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