The Davidson Lands Conservancy’s annual Green Day Festival and Run for Green road races are scheduled in downtown Davidson this Saturday, Sept. 15, featuring running, live entertainment, a hawk release, and green exhibitors. This year’s festival also includes a new event: the DavidsonNews.net-CorneliusNews.net Dash4Cache, where teams navigate using a special smartphone app.
The Davidsonnews.net-CorneliusNews.net Dash4Cache is a new event, called the “next generation of racing.” Think of it as a sort of tech-aided scavenger hunt. Join the Dash4Cache after your run, while your friends are running, or any time during Saturday’s festival.
Here’s how it works: Teams of 2-4 use a customized smartphone app to navigate a course around Davidson by foot or bicycle, stopping at designated “caches” or checkpoints. The app will be a guidebook for you and your friends. The goal is to earn the most points by completing tasks at each checkpoint before the end of the race. Scores will be entered in the players’ smartphone score sheets and posted in real-time on the app’s leader board.
Dash4Cache was developed by Huntersville resident Doug Gray, a business and executive coach, and the father of two girls who are “digitally active,” always on their smart phones. He told CorneliusNews.net in July he first got the idea for Dash 4 Cache while watching the Spartan Race at the National Whitewater Center with his older daughter, a senior at Cannon School at the time.
For a video, FAQs and registration details, please visit www.Dash4Cache.org”. The Dash4Cache is part of the day’s fund-raising activities for Davidson Lands Conservancy. Read more about the July 15 Lake Norman Dash4Cache in Cornelius on CorneliusNews.net.
RUN FOR GREEN HALF-MARATHON, 10K, 5K
Saturday’s main events are the Davidson Lands Conservancy Run for Green 5K, 10K, and half marathon. The races start at 7:30 a.m. at the Village Green in downtown Davidson. From there, runners head out onto a course that winds southeast from town, along a route roughly in parallel with the South Prong of the West Branch of the Rocky River, which flows right through Davidson and Mecklenburg County. The three certified courses will be chip-timed.
Sponsored in part by Ingersoll Rand, Omega Sports, and Carolinas Healthcare, there will be cash prizes for overall winners in each distance including Masters and Grand Masters divisions. Age division winners will receive gift certificates from Omega Sports.
This race benefits the Davidson Lands Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust that works with willing landowners to save land in the Davidson, North Carolina area in order to preserve a healthy, natural environment for future generations.
After the race the Davidson Lands Conservancy’s “Green Day” festival will kick-off on the Davidson Village Green on Main St. at Concord Road. Green Day runs from 8 a.m. to noon and will feature local entertainment, environmental activities for kids and a multitude of “green’ exhibitors.
More information at DavidsonLands.org.
See coverage of the 2011 Green Day and Run for Green on DavidsonNews.net