More than 1,000 runners and walkers participated in the third annual “Downtown Dash.” The dash is designed as a 5K event for runners and walkers, plus this year a Family Fun Bike Ride was held after the Dash ended. Walkers made up the large majority of people going down Brand Boulevard, then through the Americana at Brand and back up Brand to the finish line. The dash was designed to raise money and awareness for the Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s Stroke Services. Glendale Adventist hopes the dash is a strong event to increase awareness that a stroke is the second leading cause of death in the San Fernando Valley. The center officials hope the dash provides information about stroke symptoms and encourages anyone who spots the symptoms to quickly get the victim to a hospital.
The Glendale Noon Rotary Club is a sponsor of the dash and set up a booth to sell Survivor Kits. The Rotary emergency kits contain a variety items to help in an emergency like a stroke. Club President Glen Passmore, with help from club officers Art Resendez and Bill Knauf, spent a busy morning successfully selling the kits to raise money for charities.