This unique community event starts with a 1 mile walk and a 5K or 10K run, followed by a tented Mardi Gras party with music and dancing, food trucks, hard and soft beverages and fun with local vendors. Entry fees are $25 for the 1 mile walk; $40 for the 5K run and $70 for the 10K run. Participants for the 1 mile walk and 5K receive a free Dash tee shirt, while 10K participants receive a long sleeve hoodie. In its 11th year, Dash for the Beads has donated over $325,000 to Oak Cliff schools and non-profits in support of programs that focus on physical fitness, healthy eating and arts programming for children. The entire event is run by unpaid volunteers and all net proceeds are distributed through grant requests submitted by schools and non-profits. Various sponsorships are also available for businesses and organizations who wish to support this great cause. Dash for the Beads registration and sponsorship information is available immediately at dashforthebeads.org.