April 23, 2018
Written by J.L. Haler
It’s that time of year again. The weather is warming up, then cooling, then hot, then snowing. Flowers are blooming, and the Spring Dash is on. It’s spring in North Idaho!
United Way of North Idaho hosts the Spring Dash fun run/walk. This is a five miler instead of the usual 5K.
It was a bright and sunny morning down at McEuen. But a biting cold wind was blowing in off the lake giving that wonderful mixture of confusing weather we get here. Great for the athletes to keep them cool but made it chilly for us bystanders. This was our third Spring Dash. My son is the runner of the family and since he did his first fun run, at ten years of age three years ago, he does most of the local runs. He can’t get enough of them.
The sun shone down on us all, kids were playing at the park, athletes were warming up, people were milling around chatting, and others were running to the bathroom lines (no one wants to need a bathroom break in the middle of a run. :) ). The atmosphere was positive and fun. Many walkers and runners dress up in outfits for the fun runs and those are always a blast to look at. I love seeing the costumes people come up with.
We had a first this year. We got all the way down to McEuen, parked the car, and then realized my son had left his race bib at home. But the race volunteers were great. They got him all set up with a new bib number minutes before the race was to begin.
My family did our usual cheers as the participants set off on their adventure and then we wandered around for a bit until the first runners started coming in. We love to stand on the sidelines and cheer for everyone and whether it is a big or small accomplishment for them we like to give encouragement. So we shouted, cheered, clapped, and generally had a great time. It was a great day to be outside.
I know I’ve said it before, but I feel I need to say it again. The fun runs in this area are such a positive, encouraging, enjoyable activity to participate in. I love watching our community pull together for a great cause.
So, if you are interested in walking or running the Spring Dash next year or if you want to find ways to volunteer or help the community, check out United Way of North Idaho’s Website.
I love spending time with my family doing all the wonderful activities in the Inland Northwest.