More than 1,000 people ran in dash and dine 5K in Amherst

The race benefits the Amherst Survival Center

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – A 5K race in Amherst on Saturday raised money for the Amherst Survival Center.

This is the eighth year that UMass Amherst dining services has held the dash and dine 5K. This year, more than 1,000 people participated in the race.

Sourabh Kulkarni of Amherst told 22News, “You can run yourself any day, but when you run on this day, you know what you do is for a good cause.”

Over the years, the race has raised $32,000 for the survival center, which gives food, clothing, healthcare, and other assistance to residents in need.

Mindy Domb, the executive director of the Amherst Survival Center, told 22News, “We use the funds to make direct purchases of food if we need to, staffing, inventory materials and outreach materials for our food programs. But it also engages over a thousand people in the University in supporting the center.”

Organizers estimated as many as 2,000 people would end up running after last minute registrations Saturday morning. Despite the chilly weather, students, faculty, staff, and community members came out to the UMass Campus to compete for a good cause.

Leo Marinak of Amherst told 22News, “It’s freezing. It’s for a good cause, though. It’s for the survival center here at UMass. It’s just for a great cause, a lot of great people, friendly faces. It’s gonna be a great time.”

Many of the runners Saturday morning have competed in the race year after year. They said the whole UMass community comes together to support the survival center and the dash and dine 5K.

Runner Tasya Ward of Amherst told 22News, “All the clubs participate in it on campus, we run into a lot more people asking us oh what are you running for, and then we tell them. All of the dining halls here make an effort to get more people to run. It’s $5 per student, but it really makes a difference.”

This year, the dash and dine 5K set a fundraising goal of $8,000.