Rapid City run aims to eliminate drinking and driving - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City run aims to eliminate drinking and driving

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In an effort to spread awareness about the horrific consequences of impaired driving, people lace up their running shoes and dash through Rapid City.

Sunday afternoon, more than 200 people ran and walked in the 20th annual MADD Dash.

The run started in 1994 when Bob and Cathy Pfeiffer lost their daughter and her fiancee when the vehicle they were driving in was struck by a drunk driver.

A number of participants shared their experiences from drinking and driving before the 3.2-mile trek from Storybook Island to Founders Park and back.

This event co - insides with Power Talk 21, a nation-wide day where parents are encouraged to talk to their kids about underage drinking.

Organizers of the dash hope to raise between $8,000 and $10,000.

"It supports us, MADD. Helps us to get the word out, helps us to do presentations at schools, buy information, pamphlets, to get the word out to everybody— don't drink and drive," said Connie Hobbs, a Pennington County MADD Volunteer.

The dash also is part of the KOTA Care and Share Food Drive. Organizers hope to raise more than 130 pounds of food.

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