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Registration for 10th annual Santa Fe, TN D.A.S.H. now open

Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Santa Fe, TN DASH, which includes a 5K and one-mile event taking place at 8 am Sunday, Sept. 25.

This annual event is organized by the Santa Fe United Methodist Church initiative “Do A Service Here,” which works to bring attention to food insecurity in the rural area, with efforts made by local ministries to combat the issue and involve the community.

The ministries include Karen’s Kupboard, Backpack Mission, and Blessing Boxes.

Registration information is available at https://runsignup.com/Race/TN/SantaFe/SantaFeDASH. All ages are invited to register for participation in the 5K and/or 1 mile event. Both are family friendly (strollers are welcome).

To avoid a price increase and guarantee a T-shirt, the pre-registration deadline is Aug. 20. Individual entries are $15 and a team/family up to six members is $75.

The routes include portions of Santa Fe Pike and Fly Road. Both events will start and finish behind the Santa Fe Unit School, 2629 Santa Fe Pike.

The 5K turnaround is at Herman Church Road and the one-mile race goes around the square at Lewis, Water Valley, and Fly Roads.

The Maury County Sheriff’s Department will be monitoring traffic control. With 125 expected participants, times will be recorded by A Matter of Timing.

Medals will be presented to the top two male and female in each age group, with a praised service being held following the awards. This is a rain or shine event, no refunds, and no pets (service dogs are welcome). You do not have to participate in the events to attend. If necessary, the event will become virtual.

For more information, text or call Jackie Hall at (931) 626-0111.

Additional donations including funds, canned goods, hygiene products and other non-perishables are accepted year-round for participating ministries.

Karen’s Kupboard is a local food pantry housed in the Santa Fe UMC. It was the vision of Karen Kizer Barnes, a member of this church, and was established in her honor after an auto accident followed by a debilitating stroke. The food pantry is open every third Thursday from 5:30-6:30 pm and is intended to supplement groceries for anyone in need. The number of families served varies, but has been as many as 15.

The Backpack Mission will be going into its eleventh year of providing meals for the weekend for Santa Fe Unit School students during the school year. At the beginning of the 2012 school year, several local churches and community groups supported the kickoff efforts to provide for 10 students.

With the 2022-23 school year, the ministry expects to serve 30 students. Each pack contains food that is nutritious, non-perishable, easily opened, does not need refrigeration, and will fit in the child’s backpack.

Blessing Boxes are available at Goshen UMC, Theta UMC, Bethel Community Church and the Santa Fe Square 24 hours a day and seven days a week for those with immediate need. The Blessing Boxes contain a small amount of canned or packaged non-perishable food that would provide two or three meals.

Donations can also be made of similar preserved and sealed items at those locations.

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