Spring Dash is now a VIRTUAL RACE!
April 18-30, 2020
Since 1982, Spring Dash has been the kickoff to the running season. However, we are unchartered waters for the 38th Annual run. Following the recommendations by the CDC and Panhandle health District, UWNI has decided hosting Spring Dash in its traditional manner would not be in the best interest of participants, volunteers, and guests.
Virtual Race. However, we will be moving forward with Spring Dash as a Virtual Race! Anyone will be able to participate in Spring Dash, regardless of when and where you would like to walk or run the five miles. In these unprecendented times of isolation, it is important that we all take care of ourselves physically and mentally. What better way than to get outside!
Why Register? All Spring Dash participants will receive a bib and the popular custom designed t-shirt. Yes, we are still having a high-school t-shirt design contest! Deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 25. But most importantly, your entry fee will help support local families in need. All proceeds will go to the Coeur d’Alene Coronavirus Relief Fund, created to help our most vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayofNorthIdaho.org/coronavirus-relief-fund
How it will work.
- Registered participants can download the RaceJoy app and select Spring Dash. When you are ready to “participate” in the run/walk, tap start and let the app record your progress. You can run/walk any five-mile route you’d like.
- Use your own timing method (even including a treadmill) and submit the results via RunSignUp or send them to us and we’ll post them for you (SpringDash@UWnorthidaho.org).
- If you don’t need your time recorded and just want to support the cause, you can also simply post on the Spring Dash Facebook page that you participated.
When. Whenever you’d like! RaceJoy app recordings will be active April 18 through April 30. You are able to post your time online to share your support. AND, if you message us (FB, email, call), we will upload it in the system for you!
Already registered. If you are already registered, there are a couple steps to take to convert your participation to virtual: Step 1: Log in to RunSignup and select "Manage Registration" for Spring Dash. Step 2: Virtual race will show up as a management option; choose to enable text or email results, or submit them directly from the site.
Alternative Options. We will do our best to ensure those who prefer not to participate in the virtual race have options available. Due to the current situation in our community, you can support the CDA Coronavirus Relief Fund by converting your registration fee to a donation (tax ID# 82-0232729). If you would prefer not to participate virtually or make a donation, refunds will be made through RunSignUp. UWNI will not keep any fees, but RunSignUp and your credit card company fees may be applied.
Packet Pickup. Registered participants will receive a t-shirt, bib, and other sponsor goodies, but packet pickup will be a little different this year. We will have drive-through packet pickup and everyone who registers will get a shirt! Details on time and location will be sent to registered participants.
If you have any questions, please email SpringDash@UWnorthidaho.org. We hope you'll join in on the (virtual) fun of this great community tradition!
Frequently Asked Questions:
When is Spring Dash? April 18-30, 2020. Participate on any five mile course, upload your time, and post on social media with #SpringDash
Where is Spring Dash? Due to CDC and Panhandle Health recommendations, Spring Dash will be virtual. So, you can run on the route or any five mile course!
What does it cost? Registration is $25. Tot Trot (10 & under) is $8.
When is packet pickup? Packet pickup time and location are TBD, but all registrants will be contacted once determined.
How long is the Tot Trot? The Tot Trot has traditionally been the large paved loop in McEuen Park, which is approximately 1/3 mile. Kiddos under 5 take one lap and 5-10 year-olds run two laps. But, for the virtual race, choose your favorite area to run or walk. Be sure to post pictures!
What time to I need to qualify for Bloomsday Second Seeding? Since verification of route and time are not possible, Spring Dash will not be a qualifier for Bloomsday this year.
Can I bring my dog with me? PLEASE, no pets in Spring Dash. Good news, now that Spring Dash is virtual, you can run with your dog!
Please keep informed at the PHD website: http://panhandlehealthdistrict.org/covid-19/
For specific questions or more information, call 208.667.8112 or email SpringDash@UWnorthidaho.org
Thank you to our Spring Dash sponsors!
Click below to view 2019 Spring Dash results: