With Halloween fast approaching, officials with CASA of Robertson County are gearing up for this year’s Boo Bash Dash, a family-friendly 5K and one-mile fun run at J. Travis Price Park in Springfield.


The event, deemed a “Run for Boys and Ghouls to Provide a CASA for Every Child,” kicks off at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 31 with the 5K, followed by the fun run 15 minutes later.


Cost is $40 per person for the 5K and $15 for the fun run.


The event is a fundraiser for the non-profit to provide resources and training to its Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), who help children who have suffered neglect or abuse.


“We welcome runners of all ages,” said CASA Executive Director Kristin King. “We’ve even had people show up with their babies in a stroller.”


As a bonus, CASA officials have added a costume contest to the event, to encourage a fun, festive Halloween mood.


“We’d love to see everyone running in costume,” said King, who will be sporting a Cruella-de-Vil look, alongside her husband, masking as a Dalmatian puppy. “It’s just fun.”


That morning, check-in and in-person registration will run from 8-8:30 a.m. Afterwards, runners will start the race near the ballfields at the back of the park and will continue throughout the Springfield Greenway until the 2.5K mark.


Water will be available every kilometer, in addition to snacks and drinks after the contest concludes.


Medals will be awarded to those who cross the finish line, as well as prizes for the top runners in several age brackets.

While King said last year’s 5K brought 46 participants, pre-registrations for the 2020 Dash have already exceeded that number — which is good news, seeing CASA’s spring fundraiser was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


“I’d like to see $5,000 raised,” King said.


For more information about the Boo Bash Dash, contact CASA of Robertson County at 615-382-5066.

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