Downriver Dash 5K Run/Walk

The Fourth Annual Downriver Dash 5K Run/Walk and Tot Trot will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014. This event is hosted and organized by The Guidance Center to promote physical activity and wellness. It will begin and end at the Wayne County Community College District - Downriver Campus, and wind through the scenic Heritage Park in Taylor. A DJ from Michigan DJ Service will be providing entertainment throughout the morning and massages from Advanced Holistic Health will be available.

View race route here. (Route is certified.)

All participants in the 5K event who register before April 7, 2014 will receive a tech shirt (registrations after April 7 are not guaranteed a shirt). Medals will be awarded for the top men and women in the following age groups:

10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

New in 2014: the "Downriver Duo"

All Dash participants who also participate in the Southgate YMCA's Wyandotte River Run on Friday, May 16 will receive a special finisher's medal! We are partnering with the YMCA to encourage Downriver residents to get up and moving by completing these series of two runs. (Participants must register for each race separately; medals will be received in Wyandotte upon completion of the River Run.)

Additionally, the Southgate YMCA will be hosting its free Healthy Kids Day the same day as the Downriver Dash. After the race, bring your children down the street to the YMCA for games and activities from noon to 3 p.m. If your child brings their medal from the Tot Trot (ALL children who run in the Tot Trot receive a medal) they will be entered into a special drawing to win a season's pass to the YMCA's Splash Park!

Downriver Dash Schedule

8 a.m. - Registration

9 a.m. - Tot Trot begins

9:30 a.m. - 5K event begins

Awards ceremony immediately following 5K

Entry Fee

Individual Participant

$25 on or before April 7, 2014 (guaranteed tech shirt)

$30 after April 7, 2014

Tot Trot

This event is FREE for children 10 years old and younger. The 1/2 mile long Tot Trot will be held at 9 a.m. and is located in front of the Performing Arts Center. There will be free popcorn and face painting available, and all children who complete the Tot Trot will receive a finisher's medal. No registration necessary. You can view the Tot Trot route here.


Click here to view photos from last year's race!

2013 Downriver Dash 5K Run/Walk


Tot Trot Sponsor


Presenting Sponsor


Supporting Sponsors

Trenton Rotary


Contributing Sponsors




With special thanks to


In-kind Sponsors

Southgate Mayor

Joseph Kuspa




Carey Ann's

Clown Caravan




Race Management

Download printable registration form here.



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