Chad Heimbigner is looking forward to June 19.
As a dad, Heimbigner will be saluted by his family on Fathers’ Day. As a runner, he will have the chance to compete in what is becoming a Spokane-area summer tradition – the Dad’s Day Dash at Manito Park.
The fourth annual event, benefiting SNAP, will begin at 9 a.m. on Fathers’ Day morning. Chase Bank will be the title sponsor as it has been since the fundraiser began in 2013. Along with a 5K (3.1-mile) course through the beautiful grounds at Manito, this year’s agenda also includes the option of a 1.4-mile walk.
Heimbigner was one of over 250 people to register last year, an attendance record. He was part of a team from Coffman Engineers that placed second in the Corporate Team Challenge, pitting runners from area businesses against each other in a smaller version of the Bloomsday Corporate Cup. This year, Chad and his Coffman colleagues are hoping to wrest the crown from defending champion George Gee Automotive Companies.
“Our team had an awesome time at the Dad’s Day Dash last year,” Chad said. “The event was incredible, the course was great, we really enjoyed the food and drinks at the end of the race and the prizes awarded to the top corporate teams were fantastic. I plan to participate again this year and I would certainly encourage other individuals and companies to get involved with this cool event. SNAP is a wonderful organization that positively serves our community in so many ways. This fun race is another way to support SNAP and their mission.”
Once again, the Dash is a Bloomsday Second Seed Qualifier, meaning participants who finish at or below a certain time can move up their starting position for Bloomsday. The race is chipped and timed by Across the Line Timing. Fleet Feet of Spokane will award prizes to the top three female and male placers while the fastest three corporate teams will receive generous prize baskets with donated items from REI, Rocket Bakery, Anthony’s, Complete Office and more.
Yoke’s Fresh Markets will provide post-race refreshments again this year, including fruit, donuts, sports drinks and water. Each participant will also receive a complimentary goodie bag. Free superhero capes will be handed out to kids.
For Chase Bank, the event has become part of a community-wide commitment to nonprofit causes, an effort that has benefitted local organizations like the Inland Northwest Lands Council, Spokane River Keeper, Mobius, Spokane Guild School and Second Harvest Food Bank.
“The Chase branches and the employees appreciate the partnership with SNAP in supporting the needs of our community colleagues in Spokane,” said Abraham Azar, Chase Bank market director for Eastern Washington. “We live and work here in Spokane and giving back by investing time in our community is important to all Chase team members. It is part of the fabric of our firm. Chase and SNAP have one common goal – to help our community.”
Jenelle Zuchetto, downtown Spokane Chase branch manager, has been involved in the event’s planning and organization since the first year. She said the collaboration with SNAP has been a plus beyond the run in the park.
“As we’ve gotten to know more about SNAP, we’ve learned about Financial Access and programs like credit building and housing counseling,” Zuchetto said. “When we can’t say ‘yes,’ we know we have a place to send someone. I once thought that all SNAP did was energy assistance, now I realize they help in so many more areas.”
While Chase is the presenting sponsor, a number of local companies are rallying this year to support the Dash. The list of partner sponsors includes Red Lion Hotels (Hotel RL), Go Joe Patrol, Mainstream Electric, Taco Time, River City Glass, Thai Bamboo, RE/MAX of Spokane, Tune Tech, Fleet Feet, Children’s Choice Dentistry, Itron, Yoke’s, Camco Construction, George Gee Automotive Companies and Across the Line Timing.
Registration for the Dash is $20 per person, or $25 with an official race T-shirt. Register now!