Expanded BoldrDash race will benefit R.I. Special Olympics

Expanded BoldrDash race will benefit R.I. Special Olympics

EXETER - The third annual BoldrDash race this year will benefit Rhode Island Special Olympics and has expanded.

The event will span two days, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15, at Camp Yawgoog. BoldrDash is Rhode Island's only 5K military-style obstacle course.

On Sunday, Sept. 15, BoldrDash will honor first responders with a special wave at 9 a.m. called the "Hometown Hero Challenge" in partnership with Special Olympics of Rhode Island. First responders will kick off the events and will be the first to hit the 5K course as they run, climb, slide and crawl through 20 military style obstacles.

"BoldrDash is about boldly overcoming limitations with determination. After attending the Special Olympics of Rhode Island games this year, there was no question we wanted to be a part of this," said founder and president Lynn Hall.

BoldrDash and Special Olympics of Rhode Island are also working together to offer athletes the opportunity to participate in BoldrDash in a unified heat of their own this year. BoldrDash will donate $5 from each registration directly to SORI in honor of police, firefighters, emergency medical services and corrections officers. First responders are eligible for a discounted race registration fee and should e-mail Hall at lynn@boldrdashrace.com for a coupon code and registration details.

There will be a special BoldrDash Kids Race for children ages 4-12 on Saturday and Sunday.

BoldrDash is organized to help support local charities and organizations. In 2011, BoldrDash helped North Kingstown schools buy new uniforms for the middle school basketball teams and continue busing for student-athletes to games. Last year, 2012, BoldrDash helped raise money for Pathways Strategic Teaching Center, a division of Trudeau Center, local sports organizations, and SK Cares in South Kingstown. Earlier this year the BoldrDash Beach Race raised money to "Bring Back the Beach" in partnership with the Greater Westerly Chamber of Commerce.

Cost is $80 for adults, $25 for children, and $5 for spectators. Registration can be completed at www.boldrdashrace.com/registration .