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Dash to make a splash

LAKE WYLIE -- The 16th annual Splash Dash June 13 promises to be more than just a 10K/5K race and 5K walk, according to Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce President Susan Bromfield. This premiere event is growing in popularity and is fast becoming an event for the entire family.

The event typically signs up about 200 participants. On Friday, 90 had registered so far.

"There's more people than we have ever had so early," Bromfield said. "We have a social gathering and make it family friendly."

While the 10K is a USATF Certified course and the race is a ChampionChip event by Queen City Timing that runs through River Hills, it's not just for serious runners anymore.

"The 10K was so specific to the serious athlete, but now we've expanded it," Bromfield said. "It is a tough course, but since adding the 5K and 124 awards in different categories in the past few years, it makes the race family-friendly," Bromfield said.

Bromfield also credits the growth to event hospitality, such as providing free water bottles, and thanks to sponsors, such as Harris Teeter for providing free fruits and more. This year, Dilworth Coffee House in Lake Wylie also will scoop out ice cream, while Jim N Nick's Bar-B-Q in Steele Creek will dish out cheese biscuits and provide sweet tea.

"Every year we try to do something that's not expected and add a little more," Bromfield said. "Besides having a running event, we're showcasing our community."

A community effort also will take the lead -- going green -- with help of Jeff DeSart, CEO of C2C Development in Lake Wylie.

"We'll be recycling plastic drinking battles and hope to be a role model to other events," Bromfield said.

That's why runners' T-shirts will be kelly green, too, Bromfield said. The walkers' T-shirts will be purple and "festive" with Lake Wylie's "LKW" logo.

Just like last year, the chamber plans to use flag motif in the spirit of Flag Day and encourages River Hills neighbors on the running route to break out the red, white and blue.

"We always need volunteers to make sure everybody is safe and comfortable on the route, too," Bromfield said.

The Splash Dash race will start at 8 am., while walkers will step off at 8:10 a.m. Registration for the race is $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the event. The fee to participate in the walk is $5, with proceeds going to the Camp Thunderbird Scholarship Fund.

To register for Splash Dash, call 803-831-2827 or visit lakewyliesc.com to download a registration form.

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