Run a race then enjoy free pancakes all for a good cause

It’s a race with the runners’ able to enjoy pancakes afterwards. On KVNU’s For the People show on Wednesday, the guest was Ali Andrus, organizer of the First Dam Pancake Run which takes place this Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at First Dam in Logan.

“It got it’s name because of the location at First Dam. And the pancake run is because one of our sponsors, IHOP, is providing free pancakes to all the participants,” according to Andrus.

The route starts and finishes at First Dam, looping through the beautiful neighborhoods on the island. Runners will run alongside Logan River, and even cross it, proceeding through River Hollow Park, and finally finishing the course with a challenging elevation climb toward the end. There is also face painting and other activities for the kids. This is the third annual race.

”My husband and I started it mostly because we enjoy doing races ourselves,” Andrus said about how the race got started. “We like to do 5K’s and bike rides and things like that and we were just thinking about how we could get the community involved.”

Andrew explained further, “We wanted to tie it to a cause that meant something to us. We both have family members that are diagnosed with autism. So we thought, let’s put on a race and just try it. And the way the pancakes got involved is because my husband works for IHOP.”

The beneficiary is the ASSERT Autism program. Packet pickup will be at Yogurtland at 1007 N. Main in Logan on Friday from 4-7 p.m. and last minute registrations will be from 8-8:45 a.m. the morning of the event. Prices will go up to $30 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K for morning-of registrations.

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