Easton's Annual 5K Race For D.A.R.E. Steps Off Saturday

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The 15th annual April Fool's 5k Race For Dare will be held Saturday at Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton.
The 15th annual April Fool's 5k Race For Dare will be held Saturday at Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton. Photo Credit: Facebook/April Fool's 5K Race For Dare

EASTON, Conn. – The 15th annual April Fool’s 5k Race for D.A.R.E. in Easton steps off Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Samuel Staples Elementary School.

The race supports Easton’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. Mark Pastor, the D.A.R.E. director and an Easton police officer, started the race in 1999 along with his wife, Denise. The race has been one of the most popular early spring races for runners anxious to hit their competitive stride.

Last year, 250 runners finished the 5k course. Travis Wooten won the race 17:49, while Mirane Forte of Easton was the first woman in 20:56. Many of the runners are Easton residents, and some D.A.R.E. graduates also compete.

The race is the featured event, but there is also a raffle, post race refreshments and awards for age groups and top runners from Easton. The fun atmosphere from the race derives from the background of Mark Pastor, a one-time clown who also is a part-time disc jockey.

Visit the race website for registration information and complete race details.

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