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Registration Now Open for Carrollton’s Fourth Annual Run for Rover 5K

Post Date:01/08/2020 6:10 PM
Run for Rover iconMark your Carrollton Pet Calendar: the City will host the furriest 5K benefiting our four-legged friends in the fourth annual Run for Rover race on Saturday, February 29 at 8:30 a.m.

Sign up your pup for a 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 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 (2247 Sandy Lake Road) 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.

Run for Rover runner with his dogThis 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.
“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.” 

Pre-register by Monday, February 24 to receive the $35 rate for the 5K or One-Mile Fun Run/Walk. Pre-registration guarantees a race T-shirt, race bag, and timing chip for 5K participants. The price increases to $45 on race day. 
Packet pick-up will be Friday, February 28 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 (10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+). 

There also will be plenty of playtime, treats, giveaways, and water after the run. 

Race Day Schedule
Race Day Registration & Warm-up: 7:30-8:15 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

Can’t run in the race, but still want to contribute? Donations of Dog Chow, Cat Chow, kitty litter, cleaning supplies, etc. will be accepted at Rosemeade Recreation Center, Crosby Recreation Center (1610 E. Crosby Road), and the Carrollton Senior Center (1720 Keller Springs Road) leading up to the race. For a complete list of items to donate, call 972-466-3420. You can also express your generosity by donating a fixed amount of $5, $10, $25, $50, or $100, or any amount of your choosing at

The year is still new, so make sure to pick up a 2020 Carrollton Pet Photo calendar at various City facilities; the price is $10 including tax and all proceeds go directly to the animals in Carrollton’s care.

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