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5K Dash & Stroll Attracts Runners and Walkers of All Ages

More than 100 people participated on Saturday, Sept. 13, in the third annual Colby-Sawyer College-Community 5K Dash & Stroll, a run/walk event that began on campus and coursed through New London's residential areas and Main Street and back to the college.

The Dash & Stroll, inspired by President Tom Galligan's dedication to running, brings members of the college and local communities together each fall for a non-competitive event. The event participants ranged from local runners in their 70s to babies and toddlers whose parents pushed them in strollers along the route.

Coaches and some members of the Kearsarge Regional High School Cross Country Team, along with some of Colby-Sawyer's Cross Country Team members, set a quick pace for the race while many others enjoyed a more leisurely jog or walk.

Approximately 20 Colby-Sawyer students volunteered at the event, at which they handed out free T-shirts and stood at different points along the route, directing and encouraging the runners and walkers and helping them cross streets safely.

“It was another fabulous event, and we were fortunate this year to have perfect weather and a great turnout,” said President Galligan, who participated, along with his wife Susan and three daughters. “Although I get slower every year, the participants' enthusiasm and energy makes even me strive for a personal best!

“This event is a nice opportunity for the college to celebrate the close relationships and collaboration we share with our local community members,” President Galligan added. “I was also happy to see so many students, faculty and staff participants, and am very grateful to our wonderful student volunteers, who cheered us on and helped keep everyone safe.”

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