Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails (TART), Inc. is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Dune Dash, a 4-mile run/walk along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, to be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2013. The course showcases the trail, which opened during summer of 2012 within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

The Dune Dash is organized by the creators of the Zombie Run, with support from the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and TART. The run/walk starts and finishes at the Dune Climb and follows the flat paved trail, passing by rolling sand dunes and scenic forest before turning around near Glen Haven.

All registered participants will receive a t-shirt, professionally timed results, and refreshments. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers. Participation is limited to 500 runners, so people are encouraged to register online now

Proceeds from the event support the continued development of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Trail construction from the Dune Climb to Empire will begin this fall, and fundraising is underway to extend the trail from Glen Arbor to Port Oneida and on to County Road 669.