Dash and Dine: A 5K that ends with eating

The 5K is the trendiest way to raise money in Wichita these days, but the one coming up in a couple of weeks sounds like my kind of race.

It’s called the Dash and Dine 5K Run/Walk, and it ends with food from local restaurants.

The race is being put on by Cargill as a fundraiser for United Way of the Plains. It starts at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 and snakes through Sedgwick County Park. When racers are finished, they can try food from several local food vendors, including Pita Pit, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Cake Face Bake Shop, B&S Sandwich Press, Green Acres, Panera and more. Non-racers can sample the food, too, for a suggested $2 donation.

Registration is $25 for individuals, $20 for teams and $15 for kids ages 4-12. Participants must register by Oct. 19 at this website or at GoRun Wichita East and West or at New Balance East and West.

Cargill hopes to make the race an annual event. I share that hope.

Food truck “rally” on Saturday

A whole bunch of local food trucks will be in the same place on Saturday, helping The Douglas Design District is putting on a food truck event from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Douglas and Oliver.

The event will feature MMM Sandwiches, B&S Sandwich Press and Espresso to Go Go. It’ll also have Monica’s Mobile Cupcakes, which is a van full of cupcakes from Monica’s Bundt Cakes, though not a full-fledged food truck. (But still delicious!)

It also will include live music from the Tom Page Trio from 5 to 7 p.m., as well as a show of historical Wichita photographs put up at 4726 E. Douglas. Events will take place on both west corners of Douglas and Oliver, and the stage will be behind Watermark Books and Cafe at 4701 E. Douglas.