Registration for VanderDash is OPEN!


Our PTO is excited to host the 16th Annual VanderDash 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, March 16, 2024!




Registration has begun!  The class in each grade level with the highest percentage of students registered will win a popsicle party!   

  • IMPORTANT NOTE WHEN REGISTERING: Please only enter the teacher’s name when registering a current Vanderlyn student.  Parents and other relatives should be registered as a “Parent/Community Member”, NOT under a teacher’s name.  Anyone registered incorrectly under a teacher’s name will be disqualified from the class competition.
  • The registration fee is $25 per runner for the 1 Mile Fun Run or the chip timed 5k. If you do not want to participate in the actual race, you can still sign up as a sponsor to support our cause.
  • Register by no later than February 15th to reserve a race t-shirt!
  • Family Sponsorships are available for $150. Sponsorship includes up to 5 race entries (from one household only), a yard sign to proudly show your support, and your family’s name on the official website!

VanderDash funds improvements to our school!


Over the years, VanderDash has funded many improvements to our school:

  • Playground Updates

  • Mobile computer carts, laptops, and grade level tablets

  • The STEM mural 

  • The Courtyard Classroom

  • Media Center & Staff Lounge Upgrades

  • Flexible Student Seating


Register Now!







Let's Make the 2024 VanderDash the Best One Yet!



Vanderlyn Families, 


Please wear your VanderDash shirts as you patron businesses and ask them to sponsor VanderDash 2024. Feel free to grab a business card and send an intro email to the VanderDash Team to follow up on sponsorship interest. You can also have the business reach out to this email address for more sponsorship information:

As we are still recruiting volunteers for this committee for support before the event day, during the event and after the event day, please consider volunteering your time! We have plenty of opportunities to volunteer throughout the planning process and even the day of event facilitation. 

Here are some examples of the volunteer tasks we will have available:

  • New sponsor outreach
  • Preparing marketing materials for social media outreach 
  • Race bag stuffing (1-2hrs)
  • Directing volunteers (for race bag stuffing, packet pick up, shirt sorting, etc.)
  • Race packet pick up (1-2 hrs)
  • T-shirt sorting 
  • Race day water stations
  • Directing high school volunteers on the course
  • Vander the Viking mascot during race
  • Teacher luncheon set up and clean up
  • Class competition bulletin board and popsicle distribution for top classes 
  • Distribute and collect family sponsor yard signs

...and many more opportunities to get involved! Have a skill that you want to put to use in volunteering? Reach out to the team at and we'll find an opportunity for you to use that skill to support the VanderDash event! 


Thank you for supporting Vanderlyn's VanderDash 2024!!!


VanderDash Committee