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Maddox Marmon, a 2-year-old girl with Down Syndrome, was the inspiration for this year’s Mad Dash 5K and Fun Run.
Child Development Resources, a local organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged children, will receive the proceeds from the Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex-sponsored event.
Maddox, the daughter of David and Britta Marmon of Marmon Muscle/CrossFit Williamsburg in WISC, receives services from Child Development Resources.
“Maddox is a part of our WISC family so we wanted to do this for her,” said Jennifer Berberich, WISC’s Customer Service and social media director.
The race, which was held for the first time last year, will take place Aug. 1 on the WISC property.
Last year, more than 200 people participated in the Mad Dash, and Berberich said this year WISC is hoping to surpass 300 participants.
In addition to the 5K, there will be a 1-mile Fun Run for runners or walkers interested in something a bit shorter. Both events will be followed up by WISC’s ninth annual Family Festival.
The festival will take place mostly inside the WISC facilities and include a variety of free activities, including games, arts and crafts, face painting, character appearances, a petting zoo, a dunk tank and inflatables.
Additionally, there will be food, drinks and merchandise available from a number of area vendors, including Buffalo Wild Wings and Great American Cookies.
All of these offerings are free and open to anyone who wants to come out, regardless of whether they live in the area.
The only change from previous years is the addition of The Zone, an extensive play area that includes laser tag, an arcade area, an indoor playground and a maze. The Zone was opened in January 2015, and festival-goers can access it at a significantly discounted price on the day of the event.
Early registration for the 5K is $25, or $15 for the Fun Run. Interested parties can save $5 if they postmark their registration application by July 17. Late and day-of registration costs $30 and T-shirt sizes are not guaranteed for late and day-of registrants. The application can be found here.