Photo provided by the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
By Matt Hall
Rock River Current

ROCKFORD  — Lace up your running shoes because the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau‘s Dasher Dash 5K is back.

The annual race, which coincides with Stroll on State, was held virtually last year because, well … 2020.

This year it’s back with a noon start time on Saturday, Nov. 27, the day of Stroll on State.

This year’s race will be on a new course that moves through the core area of the Stroll on State grounds along East State, Madison and Wyman streets in downtown.

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The new race route will allow runners and spectators a sneak peek of the festival grounds all decorated for the holidays. There will also be an after-race party at Davis Park with awards and medals given out to the top performers and participants.

Registration is open now and is $35 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and younger. The entry fee includes an online processing fee and race swag, including a race shirt. Registration closes on Thursday, Nov. 25 at 11:59 p.m. and there will be no race day registration. Runners interested in participating can register online at