10th Annual Bulldog Dash
On Saturday, May 17, over 450 runners and walkers crossed the finish line at the Tenth Annual Germantown Bulldog Dash 5Kand 2K Run/Walk at Schoendienst Park. The races were again kicked off with a heart thumping shot from a historic cannon, courtesy of Bobby Eversgerd of Germantown. It was a beautiful morning with a great group of supporters who came out to cheer on the competitors. This year’s event netted over $17,000 to benefit Germantown Elementary School. In its tenth year history, the event has provided the district over $160,000. Over the years, the proceeds have directly benefited Germantown Elementary students by funding after-school programs including Homework Headquarters and the Reading Lab, as well as summer math and reading programs, along with technology purchases such as SmartBoard projectors, laptop computers, and software. The Board of Education plans to use the event proceeds to support school programs that are no longer funded. In particular, money will be allocated to technology updates and after school programs.
A committee of members from the community endorsed by the Germantown School Board of Education promotes the event. Local businesses again generously sponsored the event, including Germantown American Legion Post 325, the 2014 Diamond sponsor of the Bulldog Dash.
Robin Becker, the District Superintendent, commented, “Ten years after its inception, the Bulldog Dash continues to prosper and grow. It is an amazing event that promotes healthy living in a family atmosphere. Once again this year, the Bulldog Dash Committee under the leadership of Rick Sherman did a fantastic job of organizing the event. The support from the community and local businesses, especially our Diamond Sponsor, Germantown American Legion Post 325, is very much appreciated. The money raised through this event is imperative to the financial well-being of the school district. It greatly benefits the community youth and has played a pivotal role in allowing us to make upgrades to technology, continue after school programming, and balance our budget during financially tough times.”
Dash participation has increased over the years. Over 540 participants registered for this year’s races, including a great mix of competitive runners and local supporters and students.
The 2014 participants shared in over 175 awards including trophies to the top three male and female finishers in each event and in the 5K Masters Division (age 40 and over) the top three finishers in the 5K were the following: males, first – Coltin Strotheide (16:39), second – Kolin Voss (16:56), third –Daniel Seiffert (18:41); 5K Female, first – Angelo Sabo (20:24), second – Brittany Toler (22:08), third - Morgan Oertel (23:06). The top three finishers in the 5K Masters Division were the following: males, first – Jackson Marwa (18:13), second – Mike Pitt (18:28), third – Dale Hoffmann (19:30). Female Masters 5K were the following, first – Rhonda Schmitz (23:23), second – Julie Hovick (24:44), third – Julie Weeke (26:16). The top three finishers in the 2K were the following: males, first – Blake Markus (7:26), second – Tim Baumann (7:31), third – Dustin Hemker (8:05); 2K females, first – Regean Albers (8:36), second – Hannah Schulte (9:22), third – Cailee Langenhorst (9:29). Medals were awarded to all participants ages nine and under and to the top three male and female finishers in each category for each event. Full race results by age category and pictures will be posted at www.germantownbulldogs.org. Race results are also posted at www.runningstartsports.com.
The Bulldog Dash Committee is chaired by Rick Sherman and committee members are Jamie Dumstorff (Sponsorship Committee Chair), Robin Becker (Superintendent), Ann Loepker, Jennifer Wempe (Refreshment Chair), Sherri Diesen (Shirt Chair), Amy Hemker (Advertisement Chair), Michelle Beer, Jane Attaway, Shelly Kohrmann, Kristin Zurliene, Billie Albers and Sharon Winkeler.