Next year, when then the starting gun sounds for the F5 St. Patrick’s Day Dash, it’ll mark the seventh year the company has been the title sponsor. The phenomenally successful partnership with the Detlef Schrempf Foundation has raised $600,000 for Dash charities.
However, support for the former Husky and NBA player’s foundation goes beyond simply branding the official 5K race with the F5 Red Ball.
Over the years, F5ers have won the team challenge four times, fielding over 100 runners a year for the event. And every year a group of F5 employees—no doubt calling on their Beer Friday experience—volunteer to help staff the beer garden. All tips and proceeds from the brews benefit over a dozen Northwest youth charities, including Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Camp Fire Central Puget Sound.
In addition to the 5K, there’s an early morning Leprechaun Lap for 10-and-under kids. The Post Dash Bash includes live music, giveaways, and a costume contest.
The 5K starts at Seattle Center, moves along 4th Avenue through downtown, before returning to Seattle Center. Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, participants have been known to make the run dressed up as a pot of gold or a beer can … or wearing a green tutu.