Good turn-out expected for library’s 8th annual Dewey Dash

By on April 5, 2012

Town & Country Public Library 8th Annual Dewey Dash
Sunday, April 15,
7:30-8:30 a.m. registriation
at the library
8:30 a.m. 1 mile walk/run
9 a.m. 5K run
Registration forms available at and at the library
$22 for adults before April 8,
$25 April 8 and after.
$12 for children before April 8,
$15 April 8 and after.

by Susan O’Neill
Elburn—This year marks the eighth annual Dewey Dash 5K/1mile Walk/Run, sponsored by the Town & Country Public Library in Elburn. This year’s race, titled “Full Throttle Thurber,” will be held in honor of American author, cartoonist and humorist James Thurber, who will be a “ghost runner” in the race.

Thurber, who wrote “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” was the creator of numerous New Yorker magazine cover cartoons, short stories, modern commentary, children’s fantasy and letters.

The race will be held on Sunday, April 15, with registration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the library. The 1-mile walk/run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K run begins at 9 a.m.

According to Town & Country Library Director and Dewey Dash coordinator Mary Lynn Alms, the race typically brings out between 250 and 300 participants, with last year at 270. Most are local, a few are from out-of-state, and some people come out from Chicago for the race.

“It’s a pretty good turn out,” Alms said.

The 5-K race route is a USA Track and Field-certified 5-K course, measured and laid out by one of USATF’s officials. The race is professionally timed by Race-Time, and the results are posted on its website,

Last year, the winner was 18-year-old Geneva resident Ben Kanute, with a time of 17:39. Maple Park residents, 31-year-old Scott Peterson and 18-year-old Grant Alef, were in the top five finishers, with Peterson’s time at 19:23 and Alef’s at 19:28.

The top runners usually come in at 19-20 minutes, Alms said. The walkers come in an hour or so later.

Free snacks, awards and raffle prizes are handed out after the race, with local area businesses donating the food.

This year’s proceeds will go toward the purchase of three new computers for use at the circulation desk checkout stations.

Registration forms are available at and at the library.