Close to 2,000 people participated in UMass Dining’s 6th annual Dash & Dine 5K race and walk on April 11, raising $6,500 to “help our neighbors in need” at 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, executive director of the center, said the event “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.”
Among those in attendance were Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, his wife Mala, and Senate President Stan Rosenberg.
Children 8 years old and under participated in the first annual Kids Fun Run where the children ran from Berkshire Dining Commons to Hampshire Dining Commons. All participants were given a small medal. A costume contest was also held on the basketball courts before the start of the race. Winners of the costume contest and the race received an award of $100.
Nicolai Naranjo was the fastest male runner with a time of 15:41.3 and Kathryn Cooney won the women’s category with a time of 18:57.7. The male costume contest winner was Steve McLaughlin, and Rachel Varitamos and Bianca Corey split the prize for best woman’s costume.
“The run/walk embodied everything that UMass Dining stands for: community, healthy living, and most importantly great food,” said Ken Toong, executive director of Auxiliary Enterprises.