ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The 2022 Rescue Mission of Roanoke Drumstick DASH is still months away, but early registration is already open!

WFXR News is a proud media sponsor of the event and will be covering the Drumstick DASH live on Thanksgiving morning.

The Drumstick Dash is a 5k run and family walk that happens every Thanksgiving Morning. The DASH benefits the Rescue Mission of Roanoke’s dining services and provides for the meals that the Rescue Mission serves on an annual basis. We typically serve about 200,000+ meals a year to those in need. These meals go to adults and children alike, providing needed nutrition so that each of our guests can focus on the ultimate success, rising out of poverty. We are honored to welcome some of the best runners in the area (and some from beyond) to our race. The DASH is the most popular race in the area and attracts everyone in the family from the athletic types to the ones who just want to have a good time and take a stroll. When you participate in the DASH, you’re not just making a statement, you’re supporting a movement. 

Drumstick DASH website

As early registration for the race opened up on Wednesday, June 1, WFXR News’ Charmayne Brown and Evan Johnson were joined by two people with plenty of information about the event — Kevin Berry with the Roanoke Rescue Mission, and Molly Bullington with Blue Ridge Racing.

In fact, these “Good Day Virginia” guests shared the secret word people can use to receive a 10% discount on their registration fee: “earlybird.” You can sign up for the in-person 5K run or walk until 10 a.m. on Nov. 24, but if you want to participate in the virtual 5K run or walk, you have until 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30.

Not only is the Drumstick DASH a fun race, but the proceeds also go toward a great cause in the heart of the Star City. To sign up for, donate to, or learn more about the Drumstick DASH, click here.