Slipping, Sliding and Slogging Through FlashDash

Nearly 200 people of all ages accepted the challenge and participated in the second FlashDash, a 5k obstacle race/walk on the Kent State Salem campus. The event helped raise funds and awareness for the Rural Scholars program, which provides opportunities for middle school students to consider being the first in their families to attend college.

Runners and walkers maneuvered through a muddy trail through the woods and around the campus that found them scrambling over logs, scaling wooden walls, sliding through pipes, running up and over wooden spools, tangled in the woods, squeezing through tires and crawling through a mud pit to the finish line. As if the obstacles weren’t enough of a challenge, the rain and cold temperatures added an extra element of toughness to the course.

There was also a Kids Zone with face painting, games, flower planting, chalk art, music and food vendors. The Winona Fire Department provided support and gave kids an up-close look at a fire truck and how to use the hose to fight a fire.

Despite the chilly weather, there were plenty of warm smiles and laughs from participants, their families and volunteers. To see pictures from FlashDash, and get race results, visit the Columbiana County campus Facebook page at


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POSTED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 03:35 PM
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