2014 D’Evelyn Dash

This is a race sponsored by a local public school, D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School, as a fund raiser.  It is located just south of Hampden on Kipling (across Kipling from the prison) in Lakewood.  It’s an annual event and includes a fair with school clubs, vendors, games, and food.  The race includes a 5K and a 2k walk/run.  There is usually a cross country scrimmage with several other schools before the race if you like to watch that sort of thing.

Before:  Registration was easy.  This race isn’t well publicized, so you won’t find it on a lot of race calendars.  But, it is always in early August. If you are looking for it in future years the best bet is probably to keep checking the D’Evelyn Education Foundation’s web page toward the end of the school year (ie, April-May) at www.develyneducationfoundation.org and check under Events.  Registration is through getmeregistered.com and went fairly smoothly, although I think it is a bit of pain when you are registering multiple people.  They often have a discount for registering before May 31st.  It was a small race, so it was pretty easy to find the start/finish line, which was on Nassau, directly in front of the school.  T-shirt pickup was right at the start line.  For the last few years, the T-shirt has been a tech tee.

During:  The course was mainly dirt and followed trails in the open space adjacent to the school.  It was a lollipop loop, with the loop being most of the run.  The stem was pretty short so there wasn’t a lot of doubling back on the same section.   There were three water stations along the course, manned mostly by parents of kids at the school, I think.  The course used to include the hill behind the school, but not this year.  Without it, the course is much easier.  I wish the hill was still in, but I think the building of the new Rocky Mountain Deaf School required some course adjustments due to parking space.  Maybe it will come back.  The race was timed by RaceRite with the disposable timing chips in the the bibs, so no chips to return afterward.

After:  Since the race is part of the school’s fundraiser, the after race events were focused on fundraising.  Dunk tanks, sumu wrestling, face painting, etc.  They do announce the top male and female finishers by age group, top D’Evelyn students, D’Evelyn class with the most particpants, etc.  No goodie bags.  They did have water, bagels and fruit at the finish line, though.

Overall:  This is a fun race for a good cause.  This was my second year and I’m sure I’ll be doing it again in the future.  Sign up and support those kids!  www.getmeregistered.com/dash