Does your dog like to run? Then the K-9s Against Cancer 5K is the race for running rovers. This event will be held on Sunday, September 12, at 9 a.m. More than just a race, this event includes music, food, games, giveaways, animal demonstrations and more. The event benefits Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden, the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation and Colorado State University’s Animal Cancer Center.
The event features a 5K fun run and one mile run/walk at Central Park in Stapleton (Denver) for people and dogs of all ages. Cross streets for Central Park are Martin Luther King Jr. and Central Park Boulevards. Cost is $30 for adults, with each additional adult family member being $20, and $15 for children ages 6 to 17. Children 5 and under are free.
The event is in its second year. Melissa Canaday, Executive Director of the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, said last year, when the race was held in October, 300 runners showed up, in an ice storm no less! She expects that number to double with the new September date.
Besides the race, there will be family-friendly events and activities. These events include Bow Wow Boulevard, a street of vendors showcasing product demonstrations and giveaways, the Rescue Round-up featuring local breed rescue groups and their adoptable dogs, agility dog demonstrations and speakers who will teach owners how to spot the signs of cancer. Visitors can also learn about low-cost micro-chipping, vaccinations or get their best friend a canine massage.
Mile High Dog Magazine will feature their Cover Photo Contest at the event. For a $5 donation, owners can have their dogs photographed and automatically entered into the contest. The winner, to be chosen by the editor of Mile High Dog and Jaime Rowe, pet photographer, will receive a free in-home photo shoot with Rowe and have their dog featured on the cover of the magazine.
One of the event’s beneficiaries is CSU’s Animal Cancer Center, one of the most advanced medical centers for cancer research and treatment of companion animals in the country. They help dogs like Happer, a yellow Lab who loves hunting with his owner. When Happer became ill with shaking and stumbling, his veterinarian found a mass using ultrasound. However, the vet was unsure about performing the delicate surgery needed to remove the tumor. His owner’s uncle recommended CSU’s Animal Cancer Center in Fort Collins. The doctors at CSU performed surgery on Hap to remove a pancreatic tumor and he was in the hospital for ten days. Happer, now home and happy, fathered a litter of pups in 2009 all looking just as handsome as he does. To learn more about Happer’s story and other inspiring survivor stories, visit CSU’s Featured Stories webpage.
K-9s Against Cancer organizers do have some guidelines they would like dog owners to know before entering the race:
- Water will be provided for runners and their dogs at the beginning and end of the race.
- Walk or run only if runners and their dogs can comfortably go the distance.
- Runners must use a 6 feet or shorter NON-RETRACTABLE leash.
- All dogs much have current ID tag and rabies vaccination tag.
- All dog owners please bring their own poop bags to clean up after their pets.
- Puppies under six months old are not recommended.
- All dogs must be on a leash at all times.
- Dogs showing aggressive behavior will be asked to leave.
Don’t feel like running a 5K? or getting out of bed on a Sunday morning? or both? People can still help K-9s Against Cancer by creating their own fundraising page without signing up for the event. Click here to register. For those who do run, get full information online here. Race registration begins at 7 a.m. September 12, with the 5K starting at 9 a.m. and one mile fun run mile at 9:30 a.m.