Bulldog Dash brings community feel

North Gwinnett has always taken great pride in making sure its annual road race has a community feel.

The 12th annual Bulldog Dash, which benefits the school's cross country programs, will once again bring the Suwanee community together. The road race will feature an abundance of door prizes for runners and will have local businesses set up near the track.

"It's been great for our program because it has been our only fundraiser," North Gwinnett athletic director and girls cross country coach Mark Karen said. "It's not like other road races because there's that community feel."

Since the race started, the Bulldog Dash has grown to be one of the largest local races in the county. The race had more than 500 finishers last year and is expected to draw in the 500-600 range again this year.

The race starts on West Price Road by the baseball field and takes a left on Level Creek Road. After the turn around on Level Creek, runners will make their way back to North's campus where they enter the track for a 3/4 of a lap to the finish line.

North Gwinnett senior Matthew Ursprung won last year's race with a time of 16 minutes, 15 seconds after placing fourth in 2008.