I am a dog lover through and through. My love transcends all breeds, and sizes and I love to chat with people about their pups. My husband and I are proud parents to two very loving and adorable fur babies who couldn’t be more different in their size, personality and temperament; one is an athletic and loving German Shorthaired Pointer and the other is a funny, whip-smart and somewhat lazy Puggle. Both give us so much joy everyday and keep us on our toes. Between the two of us, we have raised and loved six different dogs in our lifetime. You could say we are a bit obsessed…but in a healthy way. Part of our obsession with dogs, comes from our passion for animal adoption; our two current dogs were both adopted from two amazing animal shelters in Colorado. Non-profit animal shelters like Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene, Oregon need the community’s help in raising funds through donations and awesome events like their Bark in the Park so that they may continue to help find homes for over 3,000 pets this year.
Each year the Greenhill Humane Society partners with many sponsors throughout the local community to raise funds for a fantastic cause. Each year Greenhill’s goal to raise funds gets bigger and bigger, with this year’s goal at an impressive $126K. While it seems like a huge amount of money (and it is), it takes a lot of donations of cash for medical attention, pet food, warm blankets and education for volunteers who want to give their time at shelters to keep things running. Pledges are optional but encouraged. 100% of sponsor ships and pledges goes directly to help the animals at Greenhill Humane Society and 1st Avenue Shelter. They want to raise $120,000 to help care for and find homes for over 3,000 pets in 2018.
Whether or not your love is for a K9, feline, bird, reptile, fish or hamster, you can agree that the joy and companionship they bring you are so deserving of a small amount of your time or financial effort in order to keep those who care for our animal friends without homes is so important. Consider making a donation if you cannot attend the race. Registration for an adult (13+) is just $25.
There is SO much information about this race, that it’s highly recommended you follow one of the above links to the race website. Below is some of the essential race information.
What: 25th Annual Bark in the Park
Where: Alton Baker Park: 100 Day Island Rd. Eugene, Or 97401
When: Sunday, May 20th. Runners start at 8:30 am and walkers at 9:45 am.
Course Info: There is one water station on the 2K, two water stations on the 5K, and three water stations on the 10K as well as water at the start/finish line. Click on the following race distances for course maps. 10K , 5K , 2K .
Race Day Info: There is a lot of parking, but carpooling is more fun and encouraged. No bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, etc. are permitted for safety reasons. Dogs must be licensed and leashes that are over 6′ are not allowed for everyone’s safety. No extender leashes. For more information on pet do’s and dont’s, make sure to look at the event info page. Packet pickup before race is TBA still.
Awards / Prizes: Awards for the fastest doggies! Pet/Person Look-Alike, Best Pet Trick ,Pet/Person Karaoke and more! Also, awards will be given for:
Fastest Male & Female Runners 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Swag: Swag bags are full of freebies and coupons from local businesses.
Registration: Online registration closes at 7pm on May 19th. Day-of registration will begin at 7am