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Bulldog Dash continues Suwanee tradition

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

John Rowland got his first taste of the Bulldog Dash road race last year.

Rowland spent the previous 16 years with Georgia State’s running program and wasn’t familiar with annual Suwanee race.

“Somebody told me it was the fall kickoff when all of the North Gwinnett running community comes together,” said Rowland, the second-year cross country coach at North.

The Bulldog Dash has become a popular annual event in local road racing circles.

The event is in its 13th year and continues to be the main fundraiser for the North Gwinnett running program.

“The Bulldog Dash seemed to be a real community event, everyone coming together,” Rowland said. “It just has a great community feel.”

The race draws more than 500 participants, ranging in ages 3 to 81.

“It seemed like everyone had a good time,” Rowland said.

The down and back course is the same in recent years. Runners travel down Level Creek Road before turning around and finishing on the North Gwinnett track.

“It’s a pretty fast finish,” Rowland said.

Awards will be given to the top three in each division of the 12 age division. Just like in years past, the post-race festivities will feature samples and products from local businesses like Fleet Feet, Planet Smoothie and Chick-fil-A. There will be drawings for running shoes, jewelry, picture frames, grocery store gift cards and other prizes.