by Keith Beebe
ELBURN—Who’d have ever thought the Dewey Decimal System and cardiovascular activity could be involved in the same event?
Yet, that’s exactly the case with the Elburn Town and Country Public Library’s seventh-annual Dewey Dash 5k and one-mile run/walk, which will be held Sunday, April 10. The one-mile race will take place at 8:30 a.m., with the 5k race to begin at 9 a.m.
Proceeds from the Dewey Dash typically go toward one of the Town and Country Library’s technical needs, and this year is no different, as proceeds from this year’s race will help fund a book self-checkout system for library patrons to use.
Raffle prizes and concessions donated by local businesses and individuals will be available during the event. Registration is currently available at the library or through the library’s website, www.elburn.lib.il.us. Race-day registration will also be available from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
The first 300 registered entrants will receive a T-shirt, snacks and goodie bag.
“This is our major fundraiser of the year, and it really does help us with our technology needs,” Library Director Lynn Alms said. “It’s a nice, healthy way to support the library and get everyone out in the, hopefully, sunshine. It’s a really fun day.”
Alms said the races will include a “ghost runner,” which means various signs held up during the race will feature quotes from a deceased author. This year, the quotes will be taken from the work of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain.
“We have a different ghost runner every year,” Alms said. “The first year, I think we had Shakespeare. Whoever the ghost runner is, hopefully people will be interested enough in the quotes to maybe read some of their works. Sometimes it’s a forgotten author.”
Alms pointed out that William Shakespeare was an excellent ghost runner to begin with.
“Shakespeare wasn’t exactly forgotten, so we figured we’d start with him,” she said. “You couldn’t go wrong with Shakespeare.”