Seaside and Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District are partnering up for a new event this spring. The “Seaside Dash to Safety,” a 5K run/walk will headline a series of activities on Saturday, April 30, aimed at raising awareness for emergency preparedness. The run starts at 9:30 a.m. The Safety Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entry fee is $20, $10 for high school students.

Alongside the 5K will be a shorter course (1.25 miles), the Doggy Dash, where participants are encouraged to walk or run with their favorite canine companion. Both races finish at Seaside Heights Elementary School, where the Safety Fair will be held.

The 5K starts at the Seaside Cove, along Ocean Vista Drive and up the Seaside Promenade to the Turnaround. From there, runners head east along Broadway until they reach Wahanna Road. The final stretch travels south along Wahanna to Spruce Drive and finally finish at Seaside Heights. The Doggy Dash will begin at Broadway Field and follow the same final legs as the 5K route.

To keep the emergency preparedness theme at the forefront of participants minds, both races will start simultaneously with the tsunami warning system acting as the official starter.

Registration is available through seasideOR.com and Sunset Empire. Race packets can be picked up at Sunset Empire on the Friday before the race or the day of at Seaside Heights. Shuttle service will be provided.

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