Funky 5k Kicks Off Free Festival

This is not your normal 5k. No, the LEAF Art Dash partners with Superfly Fab Events and Roots + Wings School of Art and Design for a creative 5K  looping through downtown Asheville on Saturday, August 1st.

This means that throughout the race course, artists will be leading community art projects and inviting both runners and onlookers to join in. More serious runners will appreciate that the race is chip-timed, but there's plenty of family fun and unexpected moments for everyone else, like roaming performing artists, art installations and interactive play.

And at the finish line, runners will find an all-new (and free!) family festival. The LEAF Downtown AVL event begins at noon on August 1 with a full schedule of performers, stages, activities and opportunities to get involved.

There are a couple of pre-party events to have on your calendar as well, including a self-guided Funky Cocktail Crawl beginning on July 17, and a day-long workshop with funk dynamo Bootsy Collins and Ohio Players concert on July 31.

Find more info and register for the race on the LEAF website.

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