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        Kelsey Holcomb of the SRNS Woodsmen team takes a handoff from Daniel Silver.
        ‘Dash for Bikes, Walk for Trikes’

        raises $14,000 for Toys for Tots                                    SRS public tours program

        Dozens of SRNS employees recently                               gets rolling for 2019 schedule
        combined fun with athletic competition
        to create a race like no other, all for a
        good cause. Each year, the SRS “Dash for                        Registration is now open for the 2019 SRS public tour
        Bikes, Walk for Trikes” relay race raises                       program. More than 750 seats are available during 22
        thousands of dollars to purchase hundreds                       tours to be held throughout the year. The program is
        of bicycles and tricycles for the SRS Toys                      managed by SRNS for DOE.
        for Tots campaign.                                              Four historic tours (hosted in partnership with the
        This year’s race raised a record total                          SRS Cold War Historic Preservation Group) will be
        of over $14,000 for the Toys for Tots                           offered again this year featuring the former town of
        campaign. To date, more than $56,000                            Dunbarton, C Reactor and the SRS Curation Facility.
        has been donated through this annual                            “We want to ensure that local citizens, newcomers
        event, which was used to purchase 924                           and visitors to the area are fully informed about the
        new bicycles and tricycles, with 285                            missions and current activities at SRS,” said Bob
        purchased from this year alone.                                 Bonnett, SRNS Tour Program Coordinator.
        According to event coordinators and                             The free site tours provide the public with an opportunity
        SRNS employees Mary Baird and Jessica                           to see many of the historic and operational facilities
        Lape, this was the eighth Dash for   Jessica Lape, Dash for Bikes,    at SRS that were responsible for the production of
        Bikes, Walk for Trikes race held at the   Walk for Trikes co-coordinator and   plutonium and tritium during the Cold War with the
        SRS training track. “From year to year,   a member of the Tutu Legit 2 Quit   Soviet Union. Tour participants also learn about the site’s
        you’ll see teams with their own costume   team, races for the finish line.  current activities and future missions.
        themes … reindeer, minions, life-size                           Tour participants arrive and depart from the SRS
        holiday cards, super heroes and elves for example, all racing each other.   Badge Office on SRS Road 1 near New Ellenton. The
        We typically have six or seven members per team running a total of 10   public tours conclude at the Savannah River Ecology
        laps,” Baird said. “It’s all for a good cause at this unique track meet.”  Laboratory where participants learn about the lab
        Teams were particularly creative this year and included The Cousin   and see some of the animals indigenous to SRS. The
        Eddies, The Piggyback Racers, The Emojis, The Christmas Trotters, Tutu   historic tours conclude at the SRS Curation Facility.
        Legit 2 Quit, The Woodsmen, Magic the Gathering, SnowBiz, Papa and   To register and get directions, visit
        the Smurfs, and The Christmas Hipsters.                         general/tour/public.htm. If you experience difficulty
        “Year after year we’re impressed with the commitment of each team and   registering online, call (803) 952-8994. Large
        their desire to return to compete for such a wonderful cause, sometimes in   groups can also be accommodated by calling the
        difficult weather conditions,” said Baird. “Like many fundraisers at SRS, this   same number.
        competition crosses company lines. For one afternoon each year, we pass   Each tour accommodates up to 34 people, and is
        a baton-like toy during a relay race with one common goal in mind.”  filled on a first come, first served basis. Participants
        “The Christmas spirit is definitely alive and well at SRS,” said Lape.  must be 18 years of age or older and U.S. citizens.
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