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

Post Date:01/13/2021 4:53 PM

Mark your calendars: the City will host the furriest 5K benefiting our four-legged friends at the Carrollton Animal Services & Adoption Center in the fifth annual Run for Rover race on Saturday, February 27. The City is excited to offer this race to walkers, runners, and their dogs, with all proceeds benefitting the animals at the Center. Come to run wild and watch as these doggies dash to the finish line.

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This year’s race will operate differently to maximize safety while still having fun. With the public’s health and wellness top of mind, the race will be split into four different timeslots: 8 a.m., 8:35 a.m., 9:10 a.m., and 9:45 a.m., with no more than 50 runners per timeslot. 

When social distancing is not possible, masks will be required. However, masks will not be required while running. Items such as masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer will be provided to participants and spectators. Additionally, food items will be pre-packaged.
 
Runners will be spread out at the starting line to ensure safety guidelines are followed. This will not affect race times as timing does not start until runners cross the starting line. Due to COVID-19, there will not be a traditional award ceremony. Award winners will be notified via email or phone on Monday, March 1, and medals can be picked up at Rosemeade Recreation Center.
 
“Fundraisers such as Run for Rover play a crucial role in ensuring animals in our care receive the attention they need,” Animal Services Manager Carl Shooter said. “We are very happy that we could adapt to a different format so the community can have a fun and safe event while benefitting the animals.”
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The race will begin at McInnish Dog Park (1845 Legends Trail) 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, head over to the Adoption Center (2247 Sandy Lake Road) where you can meet your new best friend.
 
“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.
 
Pre-register by Tuesday, February 23 at 11:59 p.m. to receive the $35 rate for the 5K or One-Mile Fun Run/Walk. The price increases to $45 on race day. Pre-registration guarantees a race T-shirt and a race bag. 5K participants will also receive a timing chip. Any changes made to a registration after February 23 will incur a $5 change fee.
 
Packet pick-up will be Friday, February 26 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Rosemeade Recreation Center (1330 E. Rosemeade Parkway). Awards for the 5K will be given to the 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+). 
 
Race Day Schedule
Race Day Registration 7 a.m.
Warm-Up 7-7:45 a.m. 
1st wave 8 a.m. 
2nd wave 8:35 a.m. 
3rd wave 9:10 a.m.
4th wave 9:45 a.m. 

**NOTE: This event schedule and location is subject to change pending public health protocols and community safety standards. The City of Carrollton is dedicated to providing a safe and fun atmosphere for race participants. If any changes arise, the 2021 Run for Rover race may be held in a virtual format. Check the website and social media channels for updates to the event. 

To register or for more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/RunForRover.
 
Can’t run in the race, but still want to contribute? Donations of pet food, kitty litter, cleaning supplies, and more will be accepted at Rosemeade Recreation Center (1330 E. Rosemeade Parkway) and Crosby Recreation Center (1610 E. Crosby Road) leading up to the race. For a complete list of items needed, 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 cityofcarrollton.com/ASdonations.  

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