DASH4DAD Race Marks Father's Day

Race to benefit prostate cancer charities

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012  |  Updated 10:37 AM EDT
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DASH4DAD Race Marks Father's Day

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More than 2,000 participants snaked through the streets of Arlington Sunday morning as part of the DASH4DAD 4-mile race.

Starting at the Shops of Pentagon Row, the course turned onto Army Navy Drive, where it proceeded as far as 25th Street before doubling back on itself and returning to the start-finish line.

The race, one of 34 scheduled to take place in cities across America Sunday, was to raise funds for ZERO -- The Project to End Prostate Cancer and George Washington Medical Faculty Associates.

In recent years, Father's Day has become a day to raise awareness of prostate cancer. Most notably, Major League Baseball's players, managers, coaches, trainers, umpires, and groundskeepers will wear blue wristbands and blue uniform decals in support of the prostate cancer awareness campaign. In addition, baseball fans and sponsors will donate $14,000 to the Prostate Cancer Foundation for every home run hit in Sunday's games. 

Father's Day became a permanent national holiday in 1972. It had been informally celebrated since the early 20th century.

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