SOMC Ash Dash taking place Nov. 12

By Portia Williams - [email protected]

WEST PORTSMOUTH — The Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) Ash Dash 5k mud run is one of the dirtiest events held for one of the cleanest causes. The Fourth Annual Ash Dash will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, registration to begin at 8 a.m., and race set for 9 a.m.

Brad Zieber, manager of performance training at the SOMC Life Center in Portsmouth, said Ash Dash is a great combination for fun and fitness for all.

“This is our fourth year running Ash Dash, which is all about raising awareness to stop smoking and the use of tobacco to build a healthier community,” Zieber said. “It’s going to a 5k mud run, with about 15 obstacles. It should be a great opportunity for people to get out and enjoy being healthy, enjoy Early Thomas Conley Park, and just a great time to have fun together as family and friends.”

The Ash Dash course is composed of tough obstacles, and participants can expect walls, barbed wire, pain, fire, creek run, and a mud crawl. Jim Kohler, manager of the SOMC Life Center facilities, said Saturday should be ideal weather for this year’s Ash Dash event.

“This should be a nice event. The weather is supposed to be very nice for it, and registration for the event is up from what we had this time last year, a couple of days before,” Kohler said. “All of the funds that we raise for this go to the SOMC Development Foundation. “This is excellent for the community because it helps promote non-smoking and non-tobacco usage. It is definitely a different type of activity in our area, not many of this kind in the local area.”

According to Kohler, the crew at Earl Thomas Conley Riverside Park have been a tremendous help in the set up for this year’s Ash Dash.

“They have just done a phenomenal job for us, helping us get the obstacles set up, and helping us to keep it wet and muddy for Saturday,” Kohler said.

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By Portia Williams

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Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.