Carrollton Presents 2nd Annual Run for Rover 5K
Mark your Carrollton Pet Photo calendar: the City will host the furriest 5K benefiting our four-legged friends in the 2nd Annual Run for Rover race on Saturday, February 17 at 8:30 a.m.
Sign up your pup for a dog-specific race supporting the Carrollton Animal Services & Adoption Center. The City is excited to offer this race to walkers, runners, and their dogs directing all proceeds to the animals at the center. Come to run wild and watch as these doggies dash for the finish line.
The race will start at McInnish Dog Park (2241 Sandy Lake Road), and will route through the adjacent sports complex for a full 5K. A shorter fun run/walk route will be offered to smaller or older dogs, or dogs who are still working off some holiday weight. Don't have a dog? You can still participate. Or even better, swing by the Adoption Center (2247 Sandy Lake Road) where your new best friend is waiting for you.
“Run for Rover will raise money for a great cause,” said Kim Bybee, Athletics Manager.
This parade of canines is an effort to continually build awareness and resources for the animals in Carrollton’s community. The City advocates for healthy pet ownership and encourages those who are able to provide homes to the animals.
“Our team works hard to ensure these animals are well taken care of so that they’re ready for adoption,” said Animal Services Manager Carl Shooter. “Fundraisers like this race create opportunities these future family pets may not get otherwise.”
Pre-register by Monday, February 12 to receive the $25 rate for the 5K or $15 rate for the Fun Run/Walk for humans and the $8 rate for dogs. Pre-Registration guarantees a race T-shirt, race bag, and timing chip for humans. A special gift will also be given to all dogs who are registered early. The prices increase by $5 for humans and $2 for dogs on race day.
Packet pick-up will be Thursday, February 15 from noon to 8 p.m. and Friday, February 16 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Rosemeade Recreation Center (1330 E. Rosemeade Parkway).
Awards for the 5K will be given to overall male and female winners, and medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each age category. The overall dog and top three dog finishers will also receive awards.
There will be plenty of playtime, treats, giveaways, and water after the run.
Race Day Registration & warm up: 7-8:15 a.m.
5K Run: 8:30 a.m.
Fun Run/Walk: 8:35 a.m.
Awards Ceremony: 9:30 a.m.
To register and for more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/RunForRover.
Can’t run in the race, but still want to contribute? Learn more about Carrollton Animal Services’ online donation program at cityofcarrollton.com/ASdonations. The year is still new, so make sure to pick up a 2018 Carrollton Pet Photo calendar at any City facility; price is $10 including tax and all proceeds go directly to the animals in Carrollton’s care.