The 3M plant in Brownwood will host its first ever Dash into Summer 5K Saturday morning as part of its annual United Way fundraiser.

In previous years, the plant hosted the Zombie 5K Run, but poor attendance forced a reformatting, hence its reemergence as the Dash into Summer 5K and moved it to the Bert Massey Sports Complex.

“This last year our numbers were down dramatically, Event Organizer Sandra Powell said. “There seemed to be a lot of competing events that same weekend we had our run in so we thought let’s try something different, a different time of the year so we thought to move it to the spring.”

Awards will go to the top three male and female finishers and each participant will receive a T-shirt and a goodie bag filled with 3M products and other items. The 5K will have eight categories ages: 0 to 10, 11 to 15, 16 to 20, 21 to 30, 31 to 40, 41 to 50, 61 to 70 and 70 plus. She said so far the turnout has been low but believes much of the field will come from runners signing up the day of the event.

“The zombie run we had last October and we have not hit that yet (for early signups),” Powell said. “A lot of times, people will come race day because they don’t know about their work schedule or if the weather is going to get in the way. We’re hoping more people will come.”

Powell said 3M employees have a variety of different fundraisers throughout the year for United Way, who works with communities to resolve issues primarily in education, income and health. In 2013, United Way recognized 3M as its largest Brown County contributor for the last 32 years. Powell said the 3M employees take pride in their fundraising efforts, and use it as an opportunity to give back to the community.

“We have a big United Way campaign here every year and it goes throughout the year,” Powell said. “Different employees try to head up different types of fundraisers and it all goes toward our big campaign. We try to spread out events throughout the year. That way we can raise money for United Way, provide something to do for the community and just give our employees a way to give back.

For more information regarding the race or any other United Way related fundraiser, contact Powell at (325) 646-3551, ext. 13222. Registration is $35 and begins at 8 a.m.