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.

Pita Pit should open next week

Wichita had a Pita Pit once before — though briefly. A franchise of the Idaho-based healthy-eating chain opened at 328 N. Rock Road in 2007 but closed the following year.

Now, a new franchisee is bringing Pita Pit back to Rock Road. Cammy Onek hopes she can get hers open by next Friday, April 6, in the space at 3242 N. Rock Road formerly occupied by Froz, the short-lived frozen yogurt store. Pita Pit also has restaurants in Lawrence and Manhattan.

It serves healthy sandwiches in pitas and has several new menu additions since it was last open here, including buffalo chicken as a pita filling. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, call 316-201-4748.