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Face Up to Down Syndrome

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Celebrate (yes, celebrate!) Down syndrome on Saturday, March 18 at the 3-2-1 Dash for Down Syndrome 5K and World Down Syndrome Day Celebration to support the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte (DSA-GC)!

Face Up to Down

Dash for Down Syndrome


Why is it called the “3-2-1 Dash for Down syndrome”? Individuals with Down syndrome (Ds) are born with 3 copies of the 21st chromosome (See the 3-2-1 connection?). Because people with Ds have a little “extra,” we’ve created an extra fun feature to this 5K: an extra finish line. A 5K is 3.1 miles, but if you run the extra, short DASH – 0.11 miles – for Down syndrome, you’ll have a total distance of 3.21 miles! (Your official time will be captured at the 5K finish line; the DASH is just for fun.)

Date/time: Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 8:30am -12:00pm

Location: 8835 Blakeney Professional Drive, Charlotte NC 28277

Course: 5k/3.1 miles; run an extra .11 miles to the 2nd finish line for a 3.21 finish!

•         5K Registration Fees: $35 Feb. 1 - March 17; $40 Race Day
•         Fun Run Fees: $20 Feb. 1 - March 17; $25 Race Day
•         Spirit Runner (t-shirt only): $25 now through race day
•         World Down Syndrome Day celebration at the 3-2-1 Dash: free

Timeline of events:
7:00 a.m.               Registration and packet pickup opens
8:15 a.m.               Registration closes
8:30 a.m.               5K starts
9:15 a.m.               1-mile fun run starts
9:30 a.m.               Awards
9:30 a.m.               World Down Syndrome Day celebration opens
- bounce houses
- arts & crafts
- hot dogs
- snow cones
- cotton candy
- popcorn
- DJ, music, and more!

About World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is celebrated on 3/21 to signify the third copy of the 21st chromosome present in individuals with Down syndrome. 

Event proceeds benefit educational programs for individuals with Down syndrome (Ds). Educational programs in the greater Charlotte area are helping to support educators and enable students with Ds to live up to their full potential.

Be a sponsor! Contact the DSA-GC office at 704.536.2163 or by email at 321dash@dsa-gc.org.

Learn more about the DSA-GC and consider making a donation to support us today.

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