Running with one’s dog is generally discouraged in area races, but this is one event where it is encouraged.
When last held in 2017, a record field of 110 runners completed the 5K cross-county run while others did the 2-mile dog walk. Mark Farnsworth led all finishers in 21:28. Kristen Henson 21:56 led the women in 21:56.
After staging the race at the NC State Faculty Club for many years, the event will be held at the NC Museum of Art located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road. The race will take place on the greenway trails at the Museum.
The 5K starts at 2 pm. The 2-Mile Dog Walk begins 10 minutes later. Dogs can also participate in the 5K.
The entry fees are $25 for the 5K and $10 for the 2-Mile Dog Walk. After 2/28 both fees increase by $5. Late entrants can register and pre-registered entrants can pick up their packets beginning at 1:00 pm on race day.
In the 5K run the first male overall, the first female overall, the top male and female under 18, and the top male and female veterinary students will receive awards.
Profits from the race will go to Saving Grace, a non-profit, 501-C3 organization based in North Carolina dedicated to helping homeless animals in our community find permanent, loving homes where they will be treated as family members for the rest of their lives. For more information on Saving Grace and to make a donation, visit their web site at https://savinggracenc.org/