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Register for Carrollton’s Third Annual Run for Rover 5K by February 11 for Best Price and Guaranteed Race Bag

Post Date:02/06/2019 5:02 PM
2019 Run for Rover iconEarly registration for Carrollton’s third annual Run for Rover closes Monday, February 11 at noon. This furry 5K benefitting our four-legged friends will be held on Saturday, February 16 at 8:30 a.m.
 
Sign up your pup for a dog-specific race supporting the Carrollton Animal Services & Adoption Center (2247 Sandy Lake Road). The City is excited to offer this race to walkers, runners, and their dogs, with all proceeds directed to the animals at the center. Come to run wild and watch as these doggies dash to 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 where your new best friend is waiting for you.
 
“Run for Rover will simultaneously raise money for a great cause and provide families and dogs in our community with an opportunity to have fun together doing something active,” Parks & Recreation Director Scott Whitaker said.

This parade of canines aims to continually build awareness and resources for the animals in Carrollton. The City advocates responsible pet ownership and encourages those who can to provide homes to the animals.
 
Run for Rover 2“Fundraisers like Run for Rover play an integral role in our efforts to save the animals in our care and place them in happy and healthy homes,” Animal Services Manager Carl Shooter said. “Your participation creates opportunities for animals to become family pets that they may not get otherwise.” 

The City of Carrollton recently received the RunRepeat Approved Award for its efforts to give back to the community through Run for Rover. RunRepeat is an athletic shoe review site that recently published the Dog Race Database, a comprehensive list of dog-friendly walks and runs across the country.

“We selected events which we thought were really fun, unique, or outstanding and [Run for Rover] was one of those chosen,” said Bethany Lavins-Merillat, Dog Race Database author and health researcher.  

Register for the third annual race by Monday, February 11 at noon to receive the $25 rate for the 5K or $15 rate for the Fun Run/Walk for humans and the $8 rate for dogs. Early 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 14 from noon to 8 p.m. and Friday, February 15 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 (5-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+). 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. 

Pet Photo Calendar cover 2019Race Day Schedule
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: 10 a.m.

Race sponsors to date include the Animal Clinic of Farmers Branch and Groggy Dog. 

To register and for more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/runforrover.

Can’t run in the race, but still want to contribute? Visit cityofcarrollton.com/ASdonations to donate a fixed amount of $5, $10, $25, $50, or $100, or express your generosity with an amount of your choosing. You can also stop by the Carrollton Animal Services & Adoption Center with a donation of $10 or more and receive a free tumbler. The year is still new, so make sure to pick up a 2019 Carrollton Pet Photo calendar at any City facility for the discounted price of $5. Sales tax is included and all proceeds go directly to the animals in Carrollton’s care.
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