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Run for your health, run for the arts!

September 9, 2013

Constitution 5K Run for the Arts 2013Athletics and the arts are rarely associated together, but here in Danville, the Constitution 5K Run for the Arts has made a strong connection between the two. The annual event, managed by Danville Bike and Footwear owner Ernst Crown-Weber, is in its 35th year and has benefited the Community Arts Center for the last five years.

“I strongly believe in the importance of the arts in the community, and most institutions such as the Arts Center can really use the help,” says Ernst.

Last year, the Run for the Arts raised $4,000 to support the Community Arts Center’s mission of providing arts opportunities for every member of the community. More specifically, these funds go toward blockbuster exhibitions like the recent Dinosaurs and Wild West; events like Lunch with the Arts and the upcoming Dulcimer Days; and educational programs throughout the year like summer camps, dance classes and music workshops. This year, the goal is to raise $5,000.

But what else makes the Constitution 5K Run for the Arts different from other 5Ks? The race not only supports the Arts Center, but working artists in the Danville area. Each year, local artist Alison Craig designs the winners’ trophies. â€œShe’s local and creative, with a real funky, fun style that people really like,” says Ernst. “As opposed to giving out one of those bronze or plastic running trophies, this is more of a keepsake, and they’ve been a really big hit that add to the quality of the race.”

“Our race is also unique in that we hold it at a different time than others, a Sunday evening in the fall,” says Ernst. “A lot of families have team practices, lessons and other commitments after school throughout the week, but this is something that families can participate in together.”

5K Run 2012Before next Sunday, check out some highlights of last year’s race (and a great shot of the awards at the very bottom!) or visit the store to see an example of every race day shirt from the past 35 years. If you’re one of the first 225 runners to register, you’ll have the 2013 shirt (long-sleeved and moisture-wicking!) for your very own.

Registration is $22.50 per person at www.dbfky.com or the Arts Center’s website.