Lace Up and Dress up for a Good Cause

Grab your running shoes and come out for the Dress Up & Dash 5K Run/Walk on October 15, 2016 in Exton. The Industry Partnerships (IPs) of the Chester County Economic Development Foundation invite runners, walkers, and anyone else up for some friendly competition to sign up for this event to benefit educational and training programming for youth and adults.

The IPs benefiting from the funds raised include AgConnect, Health Care Connect, Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG), Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties, and the Smart Energy Initiative as well as Hire Oneand the Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n).

During the 2015-16 program year, nearly 1,100 Southeastern Pennsylvania organizations were involved in activities presented by the above partnerships including training employees, youth programming, participation in board meetings, and volunteering at various events.

Youth projects include career exploration showcases as well as annual events such as Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology (GETT), Techies Day, and the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Video Contest.

This year, the IPs impacted 3,648 students through these career exploration events. Additionally, over 200 companies took advantage of training opportunities and were funded to train over 1,100 of their employees.

These partnerships provide funding for adult instruction, training, and guidance to develop, improve and enhance their vocational, professional, employment and business capabilities.

Race Details

The 5K start/finish line will be located in front of the Brickside Grille in the popular Eagleview Town Center. From there, runners/walkers will wind through the beautiful neighborhoods and office complexes of the Eagleview Corporate Center.

In addition to the 5K, this event offers the opportunity for children ages 12 and under to compete in a one-mile fun run as well as a Tot Trot for the little ones ages 3-5. Additional family-fun activities are planned within the race venue.

Overall male and female 5K runners will be awarded with a $100 cash prize each, second place overall male and female runners will be awarded $50 each. Medals will be awarded to the top male/female winners in eight age groups, ranging from 12 and under to 70 and over.

Since the event welcomes participants to wear Halloween costumes, there will also be a Costume Contest with winners awarded in three categories – Funniest, Most Creative, and Best Group.

Pre- and Post- race refreshments will be provided to all registered participants and a race t-shirt will be guaranteed to those who register before September 30.

Register Today!

Group discounts are available when you sign up as a team, so get your friends, family or whole company involved in the race!

Special for Weekend Edition readers: Use coupon code WEEKENDEDITION now through August 30 to receive $5.00 off your race registration fee.


Interested in volunteering? There are LOTS of fun ways to help out on race day!

  • Volunteer with family or friends to share a fun morning together
  • Volunteer as a group from your office/company
  • Do you know of a community group, sports team or student looking for community service opportunities?

For a complete list of all volunteer opportunities available, click on the link below.


Special thank you to our current sponsors: Bright Horizons, USSC Group, and TABB Management. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Proceeds benefit the Chester County Economic Development Foundation (CCEDF), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which operates educational and training programming for youth and adults.

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