Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA will be teeming with runners, walkers, dogs, and possibly at least one small horse, for the 24th Annual Walk/Run For The Animals on Saturday, May 2nd.
A fundraiser for the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, the event includes a 3-mile walk and a 5k timed run.
The walk is a dog-friendly out-and-back along the Columbia River, and includes both human and canine water stops. All finishers receive a finisher’s treat.
The run is also dog friendly and follows a different out-and-back course from the walk, including a jaunt over the sky bridge and through Fort Vancouver. Water stations for two-legged and four-legged runners will be available, and prizes for fastest man, woman, dog, and human 12 or younger will be awarded. All finishers will earn a treat at the finish line.
All registered participants will receive a goodie bag, a dog bandana, and entry to the Party In The Park. There are also incentive prizes for fundraising, either individually or as part of a team.
After the run or walk, participants can browse the Vendor Village to check out the local pet-oriented sponsors and pick up some free samples.
What: 24th Annual Walk/Run For The Animals
When: Saturday, May 2nd
Where: Esther Short Park, downtown Vancouver, WA
What Time: Runners start at 9:00a, with walkers following soon after.
Registration: $35 per person (Children under 12 free). Click HERE for a mail in entry form, or register online HERE.
Pre-registered runners and walkers can take advantage of advanced check-in at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (1100 Northeast 192nd Ave., Vancouver, WA, 98684) on Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1st from 2-7p. You can avoid day-of-race lines and meet some of the animals you will be supporting. In addition, the Humane Society will be offering “light bites and beverages” from 5-7p both days, and I’m pretty sure they don’t mean dog bites!
The Walk/Run For The Animals is a great way to give yourself and your four-legged friend some exercise and socialization while supporting dogs and cats in need.