Tuesday, March 21, 2017

4th 5K Run/walk for the Dog Park

The Darke County Friends of the Shelter are having their 4th 5K run/walk to benefit the dog park.

Entrants may run or walk the event. This race is part of the Darke County Wellness Challenge. The forth annual 5K will be held at the Darke County Fairgrounds on April 22, 2017 and 100% of the money will go to the dog park. You can participate with or without your dog. If you have a dog, you're encouraged to run/walk with your dog. Special awards will be given to those with dogs. All regular age group awards will be given also. There will also be an award for the best dressed dogs. The Friends of the Shelter's goal for their first run/walk in 2014 was to make it like no other in Darke County - and they did. This year they will continue to build upon the success of 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Marco’s pizza and breadsticks will be available to everyone at the finish line as well as free Boston Stoker coffee and hot chocolate. Special treats will also be available for the dogs. Sponsors for this event are:

GOLD: Barry Family Dentistry, LLC, Financial Achievement Services, Inc, Western Ohio Podiatric Medical Center, Schultz Motors, Dr Thomas Brown, Majestic Pet Cremation Service (A division of Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home), Greenville National bank

SILVER: Hartzell Veterinary Service, Greenville Federal, Max Hole, Buddy and Turbo Dean, Darke County Veterinarian Services, Arcanum Veterinary Services. Donations are from Marco's pizza (pizza and breadsticks), Boston Stoker (coffee and hot chocolate), Heavy Medal Church (finish line water), Dannon (yogurt), Keller's (free give samples of dog food and treats), Brenda's Beanry (home made dog treats), Eileen Litchfield (cookies for the award winners), YMCA (6-week memberships for the first male and female to cross the finish line with a dog) and Walmart.

Advance America as well as the Heavy Metal Church will be volunteering and Josh Artin will be DJ. Dr Farst will have a booth at the event as well as the Greenville Area Dog Club. The park was built without tax dollars by members of the Darke County Friends of the Shelter through fundraisers, grants and donations. The upkeep expenses, mowing and weeding are ongoing. The organization also wants further to improve the park.

You may enter online at www.gtraces.com. People wanting t-shirts must enter on or before Sunday, Aopril 2, 2017. There will be same day registration.

Please check for updates and information for this one of a kind event in Darke County at the organization's facebook page www.facebook.com/Shelterfriends5KRace.

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