Runners take to the streets for the start of the second annual Button Down Dash 5K and Fun Run in Duluth on Saturday. (Photo: Karl L.Moore)
DULUTH — In an effort to build a healthy community, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce hosted the second annual Button Down Dash 5K and Fun Run on Saturday.
The run, which took runners on Satellite Boulevard and Sugarloaf Parkway, saw more than 700 people participate, which is something Chamber CEO Dan Kaufman said was a great turnout.
“We wanted to bring all parts of the community out,” Kaufman said. “We wanted to demonstrate our engagement with the community and that we support a whole range of activities.”
The race went to support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Covenant Counseling and Family Resources Center, Dream House, Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation and featured multiple companies fielding teams.
“We had 25 from our company come out to run,” said Mikhail Britt of Shumate Heating and Air. “By doing this as a group, some people are running who otherwise wouldn’t do it.”
Britt said there was no competition on anyone finishing first in the group, but some runners might get “razzed” on Monday.
“It’s all in good fun,” he said. “The main thing is we’re out here keeping ourselves healthy,” he said.
The men’s race was won by Brian Young of Flowery Branch with a time of 17:26.
“My mom suggested that I run the race,” Young said. “She works at GMC-Duluth and thought it would be a great idea.
“I run cross-country and we usually do long distance on the weekends, but our coach allows us to substitute a race. It breaks the monotony. This race had some rolling hills, but overall it wasn’t bad.”
Winning the women’s race was Theresa Klosinski with a time of 22:10, while Buford’s Jeff Wilkerson won the diaper dash (runner with a stroller) with a time of 22:18.