Those who love shelter pets – and enjoy an active lifestyle – can now unleash their passion for both!
Tucson Medical Center and Pima Animal Care Center have teamed up to offer the inaugural Paws on the Run, a 5k run on April 8 supporting the community’s only open-admission shelter. Proceeds also support Girls on the Run, a positive youth development program teaching life skills to girls through physical activity.
The top 10 donors who contribute beyond the affordable $20 race entry fee will get to run with a shelter dog! In addition, pet adoptions are free all day for race participants.
“TMC has long been committed to supporting activities that allow members of the community to be engaged partners in their own health and wellbeing,” said Julia Strange, vice president of community benefit for TMC. “At the same time, we’ve always appreciated the role that Pima Animal Care Center plays in supporting and protecting public health.”
“TMC has been a tremendous partner with PACC, and they always support our mission to build a compassionate and healthy community for people and pets,” agreed Justin Gallick, director of community engagement at Pima Animal Care Center. “This run will help keep our deserving pets healthy while they wait for forever home.”
The 5K run course at Christopher Columbus Park is around scenic Silverbell Lake and is untimed so everyone can safely negotiate the terrain.
The race, which begins at 7:30 a.m., precedes the Girls on the Run 5k at 8:30 a.m., and the Fit Kidz 1 mile Fun Run for children 12 and under at 9:30 a.m., hosted by the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.
For more information or to register, please visit http://bit.ly/PawsontheRun5k