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16th Annual Bulldog Dash

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The Sixteenth Annual Bulldog Dash will be held Saturday May 16, 2020, at Schoendienst Park in Germantown.  The Annual Bulldog Dash is Germantown Elementary SD #60’s largest fundraising event each year and is sponsored and promoted by members of the community to benefit the children of Germantown Elementary.  It is endorsed by members of the Germantown Elementary Board of Education who determine the programs and projects to be funded with proceeds from the event.

In the first fifteen years of the event, the Bulldog Dash has provided the school district with over $275,000 which has directly benefited students of Germantown Elementary by funding after-school programs, math and reading resources, and technology purchases.  The funds raised in 2019 enabled the district to purchase SMARTBoards, SMARTBoard projectors, computer lab chairs, soundbars for classrooms, Ipad covers, Ipad charging stations, and educational software such as Brain Pop, Study Island, Mystery Science, and IXL.  The Board of Education plans to use the 2020 event proceeds to continue maintaining and upgrading classroom technology.   

Local sponsors generously support the race each year, donating at various levels including Diamond - $1,000, Gold - $500, Silver - $300, Bronze - $175, and Friend - under $175. Poettker Construction is proud to be the 2020 Bulldog Dash Diamond sponsor. 

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is a second-generation, family-owned and veteran-owned business specializing in commercial construction solutions for clients in the Corporate Office, Education, Energy, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Industrial, Municipal, Recreation, Religious, and Retail industries.  Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020, Poettker provides a safe, quality, sustainable, and technology advanced work environment for 175 employees. The company prides itself on building long-lasting relationships with their clients, business partners, and trade contractor.  Poettker also provides a wealth of career opportunities for the local workforce and strives to develop the next generation of strong construction leaders.  Poettker is grateful for the opportunity to support local organizations and events including the annual Bulldog Dash.

As one of the most established 5k races in the area, the Bulldog Dash consistently draws a great mix of competitive runners, local supporters and students. In 2019, over 400 participants registered for the two events.  

The start and finish lines for all events will be held at Schoendienst Field just off Route 161 in Germantown.  The 5K Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m. followed by the 2K Run/Walk at 10 a.m.  Following the race, there will also be attendance prizes, sandwiches, refreshments and snacks available to all race participants courtesy of the event’s generous sponsors.

Event T-shirts will be provided for pre-registered entrants. Registration is $20 for anyone who has their registration form postmarked by May 1st.  The fee for registrations after May 1st and on race day is $25.  Online registration is offered by going to https://tinyurl.com/bulldogdash2020.  Race day registration is also available from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. Race packets can be picked up between 7:45 and 8:45 a.m. on the day of the race. Go to www.germantownbulldogs.org for more information or to download a registration form.

Over 100 total awards will be presented with trophies given to the top three males and females in the 5k event and medals awarded to the top three males and females in each age category for the 5k event. In addition, a participation medal will be presented to each participant age 9 and under. The committee also awards a trophy to the top 5k male and female finisher in the Master’s Division, age 40 and over. 

The volunteer Bulldog Dash Committee is chaired by Jamie Dumstorff and Jennifer Wempe and committee members include Robin Becker, Crystal Gebke, Jeremy Hemker, Shelly Kohrmann, Kristin Zurliene, Melanie Korte, Brandy Pingsterhaus, Sarah Pingsterhaus, Erica Redman and Michelle Winkeler.

For additional race information, call Jamie Dumstorff at 618-444-6833 or visit our website at www.germantownbulldogs.org