The 3rd Annual Darth Dash 5K Trail Run & 0.5K Detour

Saturday 21st April 2018

Big Horse Vineyards: 11603 N. County 9 Highway, Lewistown, United States

Running, Distance running, 5K


The community of Lewistown, Illinois lost one of its most well-known and beloved youths, Darth Winkler, when he was tragically killed in a car accident on September 2, 2015 in Hayward, WI.  Darth was a 2011 graduate of LCHS, where he was a linebacker and offensive lineman for the Lewistown Indians, as well as being a star track athlete.  He received numerous awards throughout his athletic career in high school, such as being named to the 2010 All State Football Team and being chosen as the 2010 Journal Star Small School Football Player of the Year.  Darth continued that success throughout his four years at Beloit College, excelling in both football and track up to his graduation in May 2015.

Darth was known throughout the area as being a fierce competitor in both football and track.  But it wasn't his amazing athletic ability that defined Darth; it was his love and dedication to his friends and family.  It was his ability to inspire others to succeed and to offer words of encouragement whenever needed.  It was his drive, determination and hard work that he put into everything that he did.  It was his ability to be a role model to the young and old alike.  It was his willingness to help others.  It was the compassion and care that he showed to others.  It was the respectful and polite manner in which he spoke. It was his ever present infectious, dimpled smile.  And it was in his love for life.

Darth loved having fun and that’s exactly what this race and day is all about.  This event is being created to raise money for a scholarship fund in Darth Winkler’s name that will be presented to Lewistown High School graduate(s) for years to come.

Event details and schedule

The 3rd Annual Darth Dash 5K Trail Run and 0.5K Detour will be held at Big Horse Vineyards located 2 miles outside of Lewistown, IL.  Both races will begin and end at the Vineyard.  Ample parking on site!

  8:30 a.m. -  Day of Race Registration
10:00 a.m. -  5K Trail Run start time
10:10 a.m. -  0.5K Detour start time (The Detour is for those that want to participate but just really don’t do 5Ks)

Pre-Registration Entry Fee: $25 (T-Shirt Included)

After March 1st Entry Fee:   $30 (T-Shirt Included)

Those who pre-register will be guaranteed a t-shirt on race day.  Early registration is advised!!

Online registration will end on April 13, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

No refunds. The race will be held rain or shine!!!

Packet pick-up will be Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Lewistown Visitors Center from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Awards will be given as follows:

Top Overall for 5K - Male & Female

1st and 2nd Place for the following Age Groups - Male & Female

Age Groups: 13 & Under; 14-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-59; and 60 & Older.

Events to be held after the race at Big Horse Vineyards:

11:00-6:00 = Food will be served (Hot Dog, Hamburger, or Brat & Chips for $5)

10:00-3:00 = Silent Auction Held

        12:00 = Floatie Race on the pond - Purchase a Floatie now for $5.00!!  

        12:30 = Washers Tournament

  1:00-3:00 = Live Music by Doghouse Daisy

          1:30 = Yard Beer Pong Tournament

  3:00-4:30 = Live Auction - Lots of Wonderful Auction Items!!

At the end of the Live Auction, the winners of the $1500 Travel Voucher and the Tip Boards will be announced!!

          4:30 = Minnow Races

5:00 - 7:00 = Live Music by American Pie

All Day: The “Triple D” Trifecta is BACK!!!  New shirt design, new (and BETTER!) drinks (3 Shots with a SURPRISE inside each) for $15... OR you can substitute your choice of drinks (still with a SURPRISE inside!) from a selection for $20.  If you finish the contents of all three shots, you will get the exclusive shirt.  CAN YOU DO IT LIKE DARTH??

Organised by

The Darth Dash 5K & 0.5K Detour

1209 S. Illinois Street, Lewistown

Phone: (309) 224-3853

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