Dewey Dash to help library buy computers

By on April 16, 2009

Sunday’s runners, walkers, also will honor Friends member Kim Urquizu
by Martha Quetsch
Town and Country Public Library’s fifth annual Dewey Dash 5K run and 1K walk on Sunday, April 19, will honor former Friends of the Library member Kim Urquizu, who passed away last year.

Urquizu, a mother of three who died at age 41 of acute monocytic leukemia, was a dedicated Town and Country Library patron; she often helped with library special events like the Dewey Dash, both as a participant and a worker, Library Director Mary Lynn Alms said.

The library also will use a portion of the money received to purchase books in memory of Urquizu. This year’s event also will help the library replace two aging word processing computers in the public computer room, Alms said.

Since its inception, the Dewey Dash has had a literary “ghost runner.” This year’s is Robert Benchley, a once-popular humorist and New Yorker magazine essayist. Past ghost runners for the Dewey Dash include William Shakespeare and Arthur Conan Doyle.

“We try to choose worthwhile authors people might not necessarily pick up and read, who once were popular,” Alms said.

Benchley quotes will be posted throughout the racecourse, which is between North Street and Route 38, east of Route 47 (Main Street).

The library has used proceeds from past races for improvements to technology. The first Dewey Dash in 2005 provided the funds to start the library’s computer classes for adults. Since then, the race has also funded additional public Internet computers and equipment.

As of Monday afternoon, 138 people had signed up for the Dewy Dash. The Dewey Dash’s highest turnout was 300, in 2005.

Participants may choose to run or walk either race. The entry fees are $15 for the one-mile and $25 for the 5K. Snacks will be available after the race for all runners and walkers. The first 300 entrants are guaranteed a T-shirt.

The one-mile walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9 a.m., at the library, 320 E. North St., Elburn. The 5K course is USA Track and Field certified. Race-day registration is offered from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Onlne registration is available at, through Saturday, April 18.

Photo: Town and Country Public Library’s annual Dewey Dash on Sunday offers same-day registration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
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