'Dog Jog' encourages pet owners to be active
People were encouraged to run or walk with their dogs during the 2009 Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine Monumental 5K Dog Jog. This year's second annual race will be on Oct. 2. Individuals without dogs also can participate in a 15K race. (Photo courtesy of Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine's second Monumental 5K Dog Jog and 15K race is Oct. 2.
Both races will start at the school's "Continuum" statue at Harrison Street. The 15K individual race will begin at 9 a.m., and people who want to walk or run with their dogs can participate in the 5K that begins at 9:10 a.m. Both courses are on the Purdue campus.
"This event is to increase awareness among individuals of the benefits of physical activity for themselves and their pets," said José Ramos-Vara, associate professor of comparative pathobiology and race director.
Registration and race information is available online at http://www.addl.purdue.edu/DogJog/Index.aspx
Onsite registration is 4-6 p.m. Oct. 1 at the entrance of Lynn Hall, 625 Harrison St., and 7:45-8:45 a.m. on Oct. 2 at the "Continuum" statue area. The event is open to 500 participants. The price for the 5K is $25 until Sept. 24, and $30 after. The 15K is $30 or $35 after Sept. 24. Funds raised by the event are going to the YWCA; PetSafe, a program that provides veterinary care and housing for animals owned by families in crisis; and Natalie's Dog Shelter, a pet rescue program.
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