Friday, August 18, 2006
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Gwinnett Daily Post
When a runner crosses the finish line, it's always a thrill, but the Bulldog Dash tries to make it even more special.
The 10th annual event once again finishes on the North Gwinnett High School track, with a live video feed of runners appearing on the stadium's matrix board.
"People get a kick out of seeing themselves on the matrix scoreboard," North cross country coach Mark Karen said. "The finish is just like last year with the last 3⁄4 mile or so to the finish on the track."
The event features a 5K at 8 a.m. (registration begins at 6:30 a.m.) and is followed by a one-mile Fun Run. The races typically draw between 300 and 400 runners, although the pre-registration for this year is bigger than ever. Karen said the field grows by 20 to 30 runners each year.
Among the other perks of the Bulldog Dash, which benefits the Bulldogs' running programs, are more than $1,000 in door prizes and age-group prizes for race winners.