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Richmond SPCA

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2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220

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Susan M. Markel
Veterinary Hospital

Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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For Immediate Release

Jan. 26, 2009
Contact: Tabitha Hanes, Community Relations Manager / (w) 521-1319 or (m): 615-0089

Richmond SPCA Presents Seventh Annual Dog Jog and 5K Run

Richmond, VA (Jan. 26, 2009) – Richmonders are known for their love of their dogs, and for the seventh year, the Richmond SPCA gives them an opportunity to enlist Fido’s help to raise funds for dogs and cats in need. Saturday, March 21, the Richmond SPCA will host its Seventh Annual Dog Jog & 5K Run at the Robins-Starr Humane Center.

The day’s festivities, presented by Car Pool, will begin at 2519 Hermitage Road at 9:30 a.m. with the 5K run, officiated by the Richmond Road Runners Club. The Dog Jog, a leisurely 1-mile course for people and their pets, will follow at 11 a.m. Registration is available online at richmondspca.org/race, where individuals and teams can build their own pages to raise donations and track their progress.

The popularity of our Dog Jog with the community has grown enormously because of the great opportunity it provides to have fun with your own pet while doing something wonderful to help pets who are less fortunate,” said Robin Roberston Starr, chief executive officer of the Richmond SPCA.

Participants and visitors are welcome to tour the Robins-Starr Humane Center, where the adoption center and retail shop will be open to the public. The vendor fair and Holiday Barn Hospitality Garden open at 9:30 a.m. and continue the day’s festivities through early afternoon. There is no charge to attend the fair, which will include an awards ceremony emceed by WRIC anchor Amy Lacey, music from 96.5 KLR and vendor giveaways. The Johnny Birkitt Hero Award, which honors a team or individual who demonstrates a deep commitment to homeless animals through participation in the Dog Jog & 5K Run, is the highest honor of the day and will be presented for the third time.

The hospitality garden is a new addition to the event for 2009. Admission to the garden is $5 and features hot and cold beverages, food, and music by DJ Tara Lane. Due to record growth of the event in recent years, all participants are encouraged to park free of charge in the Green Lot behind the Diamond.

During earlybird registration, through March 6, participants can register for $20 per event or $35 for both. Registration fees will increase as the event date nears and details are available on the race Web page. The Dog Jog and 5K Run is the second largest fundraiser of the year for the Richmond SPCA. In 2008 the event raised about $100,000 for the local non-profit. This year’s goal is $106,000.

All dogs must have ID tags and be on a leash at all times. Current rabies vaccination is required, and dogs must be at least 6 months of age. For more information or to register, please visit www.richmondspca.org/race or call (804) 521-1318.


The Richmond SPCA, founded in 1891, is a no-kill humane organization dedicated to the guiding principle that every life is precious. As a national leader in humane care and education, the Richmond SPCA is aggressively tackling the problem of pet overpopulation through programs of adoption, rehabilitation, spay/neuter, pet-retention, trap-neuter-return, and humane education. For more information, visit www.richmondspca.org.