Dream Mile 5K Runs Through Campus for Children’s Nonprofits

Whether it’s as part of the Pi Mile, the Publix Georgia Marathon or a run to class up Freshman Hill, Tech’s pedestrian-friendly campus is a popular place for runners and walkers alike. On Oct. 1, participants in the 13th annual Dream Mile 5K will wind through campus to benefit local child services nonprofits.

Dream Mile Race Map
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The Dream Mile 5K course runs through campus and begins at the Biotecnhology Quad.

The Dream Mile, started by Tech students, is one of a series of Dream Mile races that take place across the country. The Atlanta race benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Vibha, a nonprofit that supports education and health programs in the U.S. and India. Last year, the local race had its highest participation to date, with 1,400 runners, and raised more than $100,000.  

“This event is organized entirely by volunteers and has a fun family atmosphere,” said Samir Patel, a postdoctoral fellow in chemical and biomolecular engineering organizing this year’s race. Music and carnival-style games will be available after the race, and all race participants receive a t-shirt, chip timing and refreshments. 

The Dream Mile begins at the Biotechnology Quad on Ferst Drive and loops through the interior streets of campus; a full race map is available at The Dream Mile’s website. For those who may not be interested in the walk/run aspect of the event, they may still participate in a pledge drive for the race beneficiaries.

The 2011 Dream Mile begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1; registration is $25 until Sept. 25, and $30 until the day of the race. To register, visit www.thedreammile.org/atlanta and register through Active.com.

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