On Saturday, April 11th UMass Dining held the 6th annual Dash and Dine 5K to benefit the Amherst Survival Center. Almost 2,000 runners lined up at the start line, determined and ready, to later cross the finish line with huge smiles across their faces. At UMass Dining, we were all smiles too because, with the help of the community, we had raised over $6,500 to donate to the Amherst Survival Center!
The Amherst Survival Center is a regional resource that provides food, clothes, healthcare, and community to people in Hampshire and Franklin counties. Mindy Domb, the Executive Director of the Amherst Survival Center, speaks highly of the Dash and Dine 5K event, saying that it “not only provides us with critical resources we need to continue to offer our variety of services, but it also demonstrates the strong community partnership between the Center and the University.” Between the “Fun Run” for kids, the costume contest, and the 5K run, the UMass and local community were brought together to celebrate and support this great organization for the day.
Many notable guests also attended the event to show their support, including Chancellor Subbaswamy and his wide Mala, Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg (Class of 1977), and more. Many local news stations covered the event live, including Radio Personality Steve Nagle as well as Seth Stutman from WWLP’s Mass Appeal who commented that “it’s great to see so many people waking up early to make a change in their community.”
In the end, Nicolai Naranjo prevailed in the men’s category with a time of 15:41.3 and Kathryn Cooney triumphed in the women’s category with a time of 18:57.7. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the race and made this event a success, we can’t wait to see you again next year!