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Richmond SPCA plans for return of 20th Annual Dog Jog and 5K Run to Hermitage Road

Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2022
20th Annual Dog Jog and 5K Run

The Richmond SPCA’s Dog Jog and 5K Run will return to the Robins-Starr Humane Center for the event’s 20th anniversary. The local nonprofit’s signature Spring fundraiser will be presented by Holiday Barn Pet Resorts and take place on Saturday, March 26.

While welcoming participants to join the fun in person, “run anywhere” options will also be available to give animal lovers near and far flexibility in supporting the Richmond SPCA. The familiar chip-timed 5K Run and dog-friendly 1-mile Dog Jog will be joined this year by a new “Little Paws” Fun Run for children 4-10 years old with activities all centered around the organization’s home at 2519 Hermitage Road.

“It’s been two years since our last in-person Dog Jog and 5K Run, and we cannot wait to celebrate our pets together once again at our favorite outdoor community event,” said Richmond SPCA Chief Executive Officer Tamsen Kingry.

Funds raised by Dog Jog and 5K Run participants will benefit approximately 4,000 homeless animals who will be sheltered at the Richmond SPCA this year as well as the lifesaving programs and services the nonprofit provides for pets and people, including low-cost veterinary care at the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital. The fundraising goal for 2022 is $200,000.

Registration fees for the 20th Annual Dog Jog and 5K Run will include several exclusive items for the first 1,000 registered participants:

  • A limited-edition Dog Jog and 5K Run cotton short-sleeved T-shirt
  • A Dog Jog and 5K Run medal and pet tag
  • A goodie bag filled with gifts from the event’s sponsors
  • A personal fundraising page to raise donations for pets in need
  • Run Anywhere participants will have access to the RaceJoy app for race guidance, time tracking and eligibility for 5K Finisher prizes

Those signing up before the early-bird registration deadline of February 28 will save $10. Free signup is available for those wishing to fundraise only as “Cat Nap” participants or for kids in the “Little Paws” fun run.

For more information or to register, please visit richmondspca.org/dogjog.

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