Dogs invited to April 20th Run-A-Hound 5K at Youthlinks
Youthlinks invites runners and walkers, big dogs and little dogs, adults and kids to the third annual Run-A-Hound 5K.
The 5K is modeled after one of Youthlinks' popular service programs, Run-A-Hound, in which students volunteer with local animal shelters by taking dogs out for a run to exercise and train them. Many of Youthlinks after-school programs work to help homeless pets in our community. Past projects include building feral cat shelters, crafting cat toys, socializing shelter cats and assisting the Humane Society with fundraising projects. This year, a group of high school students in the Animal Volunteers program are caring for shelter animals at the Humane Society of Knox County. Photos from their visits to the shelter are published on the Run-A-Hound 5K blog at runahound.wordpress.com.
The race will start and finish at Youthlinks, located at 420 Broadway in Rockland, on Saturday, April 20th at 9:30am. Participants are asked to park at OHS-East. There will be door prizes and complimentary snacks for all participants, as well as awards for top runner and dog pair and top runner. Registration fees are $10 for Adults with a dog, $15 for Adults without a dog, and $8 for Students with or without a dog. Pre-Registration is greatly appreciated and is available on active.com.
The Camden Hospital for Animals and Loyal Biscuit are proud sponsors of this year’s event. Event and prize sponsors are still being sought. Businesses wishing to participate can contact Joelle Albury at Youthlinks 207-594-2221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Run-A-Hound 5K is to benefit the programs of Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, which serves over 500 Mid-Coast youth a year through quality after-school enrichment programs and summer camps. These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. Youthlinks is funded primarily by state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations. All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. For more information, visit http://youthlinksonline.org, or call 207-594-2221.