9th Annual Blazer Dash

7:30 a.m. Saturday, August 23

About The Event

Hosted by VSU’s Campus Recreation and Campus Wellness, the event is designed to encourage community building and promote healthy lifestyles. We encourage all levels of participation including walkers for the 5K Blazer Dash and 1-mile Youth Splash.

The 5K race will begin and end in front of the Recreation Center on Sustella Road at 7:30 a.m. Race day registration will begin at 6:30 a.m.. The deadline to pre-pay for the race is Friday, August 22 at 6:00 p.m. 


Online: Register here. When registering, please check if you are participating in the 5K or the one mile race. All paid participants will receive a T-shirt.

Hard Copy: Download registration form and drop off your registration with cash or check (made out to the VSU Foundation) at VSU’s Campus Recreation on Sustella Road. Or mail forms/checks to Campus Recreation, in care of Shawn Phippen, Valdosta State University, 1500 N. Patterson St., Valdosta, GA 31698.


$15 Early Bird Registration by Friday, August 8
$20 Regular Registration
$25 Day of Race Registration (Begins at 6:30 a.m.)
$15 Ghost Runner (T-shirt only)
$15 Group Rate (groups must have 10 or more participants and pre-register to qualify for $15 per person rate)
One Mile Youth Splash Walk/Run
$10 All Participants (youth T-shirts only)
Approximate race start time 8:30 a.m.



Course markers will be positioned to provide directions on the day of the race. Race is as follows: Begin outside Campus Recreation, turn left on Baytree, turn right on Jerry Jones, turn right onto W. Cranford Ave., turn right on Azalea, turn left on Baytree, turn right on Oak, turn right on W. Mary, turn right on Sustella and end at Campus Recreation. The total course length is 5K (3.1 miles). The 1-mile youth splash run/walk will be held immediately following the 5K. Course route will be the Azalea trail behind the Student Recreation Center.


5K Awards: Overall male and female winner. Top three finishers in the following age groups: 13-17, 18-29, 30-49 and 50+. One overall winner for ages 12 and under.

1-Mile Awards: Ribbons for all participants and one overall prize winner.

Random prize drawings will also be awarded.

Couch to 5K Group

Would you like group support and tips as you are preparing for the 5K?

Join our group and stay in touch with others who are participating in the Blazer Dash by joining our group on Facebook. Use this group to keep track of your progress before race day, meet other fellow competitors, motivate each other, and a.m.. and develop better results. We will moderate this group to help build a friendly competitive atmosphere for anyone to join in on. For those who don't have a Facebook account check out our Facebook page to see if joining us online is something you would be interested in pursuing.