Dash for Dignity

The 24th annual Dash for Dignity is a 5K race and half mile Fun Run, Carnival and Health Fair benefitting Achieve and our mission to empower adults with disabilities and our veterans to reach their highest level of independence and employment.

The Dash also provides a vital local platform for our community to promote the importance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October 2017. The mission of NDEAM is to raise awareness about disability employment issues and to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

Dash Emcee since 1993, Mike Doocy (Sports Anchor at KDFW FOX4) and his wife, Ruth, have been the driving force behind the Dash for Dignity’s success for over 20 years.

We anticipate more than 1,000 attendees, and the event will reach hundreds of thousands more thanks to our generous media partners and marketing efforts. Also exciting this year is a wonderful Health Fair and Carnival that you don’t want to miss, thanks to the valuable resources offered by Dallas Medical Center and other health & wellness specialists, corporate sponsorships, and individual donations from the community – all in support of Achieve!

We are still looking for Sponsors, Team Captains, and Volunteers. Your support allows you to make a difference in the lives of area adults with disabilities and their families. Likewise, it aligns you with the NDEAM Campaign in October, to Achieve, and to the community, bringing great visibility to your business or organization. Don’t let this chance to make a difference pass you by!

For more details contact Kathi Sebastian via email.

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Thank You!:
We would like to thank everyone who participated, volunteered, and sponsored the 2017 DASH FOR DIGNITY. Because of you, we were able to raise funds to help our Achievers continue to grow.

What Can YOU Do? The Campaign for Disability Employment Logo

Proclamations and Letters of Support: Governor Greg Abbott, Senator Pete Sessions, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Congressman Kenny Marchant, Dallas Commissioners Court, Metrocrest Chamber

Achieve is thankful for over 20 years of support from Mike Doocy and KDFW FOX 4 News. FOX 4 will create a series of live remotes from our Work Center during the Good Day Morning Show on weekdays before the event. Good Day is #1 in rankings among local DFW morning news programs for over 10 years. Recent quarterly ratings show an average of 130,000 viewers watch the broadcast, and the station ranks highest in the number of viewers in the most desirable 25-54 year old viewer demographic.

Event Details

The 2017 event was a success. Check back next year for information on the 2018 DASH FOR DIGNITY.


7:00 a.m. – Registration Opens
8:30 a.m. – 5K Race
9:00 a.m. – Fun Run
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Awards, Heath Fair & Street Carnival

Individual Awards

Top Overall male and female
Top Overall Masters male and female (40+)
Age groups (top 3 male and female in the following):
1-14, 15-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65+
Chip timing is required to be eligible for awards. No duplicate awards given.

Team Awards

Top Team Registrations
Top Fundraising Team
Team Spirit Award
Top Sponsor a Child Team

Carnival: Sports Arena Combo, Sticky Soccer, Speed Pitch Baseball, Shooting Stars Basketball, 2 Lane Turbo Slide, Sports Challenge Obstacle Course, Quarterback Blitz Football, Animal Adventures Show from Dallas Zoo, Dunking Booth, Photo Booth, Duck Pond, Inflatables, Face Painting, Guess your Height, Ring/ Ball Toss, Cake Walk, Life Size Jange, Fish Cup, Knock Down, Bean Bag Toss, Angry Birds, Mini Basket Ball/tic-tac toe

Health Fair: Multiple booths promoting health and wellness, offering demonstrations, information, health care screenings and drawings for prizes. Learn more about Back Health, Stress Relief, CPR and First Aid, Heart Health, Dental Care, Disability Awareness, Home Health Centers, Mental Health, Nutrition, Glucose testing, Bone Density, and more!