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‘Dash for the Stache’ 5K race set for April 13

VIENNA– On April 13, McDonough Wildlife Refuge will host “Dash for the Stache, “ a 5K race which will serve as a fundraiser for the West Virginia Baptist Convention (WVBC) to build a leadership and activity center in Webster County. The event’s goal through a series of fundraisers is to reach a campaign total of $1 million.

With the money, the WVBC’s will build the Sunny Day Leadership and Activity Center at the West Virginia Baptist Camp at Cowen.

The WVBC’s Director of Student Ministries Rob Ely will shave his 35 year old mustache, hence the “Dash for the Stache.”

“To be honest, I was hesitant at first, but I love camp and to see it continue to grow and help raise up the next generation of leaders, I can afford to part with my mustache,” Ely said.

To help reach that goal, each participant in the race will vote to “Shave or Save” the mustache. Each additional $100 donation will also cast an additional vote to save the mustache.

The event is in conjunction with OMEGA, one of the WVBC’s four major youth events of the year.

“Putting the race the same day as OMEGA provided a way for us to include as many people who love Camp Cowen as possible,” said Jill Narraway, associate director of camping and youth. “There are a couple hundred students from Wood County who come to our camp every summer, so we are excited to have the event here.”

The race will be a trail run in the McDonough Wildlife Refuge. For those who want to participate, but prefer a milder pace, there will be a paved walking path.

Race registration begins at 1:30 p.m., with the race starting at 2:30 p.m.

Registration for the race can be done in advance at West Virginia Baptist Convention or Crown Florals in Parkersburg.

To donate to the capital campaign, visit www.cowencampaign.org.