ELKO — Family Resource Center staff and the Puppy Love Committee are barking out the news of the third annual Puppy Love 5k Fun Run/Walk Sept. 17 in Elko’s Johnny Appleseed Park.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. Walkers will start at 7:45 a.m. and runners will begin at 8 a.m.
All are welcome to participate in the 5k with or without dogs. For safety reasons, all dogs must be kept on a 6-foot maximum leash at all times and be friendly event participants.
The registration fee is $30. Children under age 16, when supervised by a registered adult, can run or walk at no charge. The first 150 adults to register receive a free WAG bag stuffed with treats for people and dogs, including a dog tag key chain and event shirt.
Puppy Love Committee Chair and FRC board of directors Secretary Harry Jackson says, “Now in our third year, the event is welcomed by sponsors, runners, walkers and dog lovers.”
Each year the event garners the support of multiple sponsors and this year is no exception, with more than 30 businesses and individuals digging deep to support the Family Resource Center.
“For 32 years FRC has been here in the community helping people reach their highest level of self-sufficiency,” says Jackson, “and this is one time when we reach out to the community asking for their support in carrying out our important work.”
The event features a finish-line celebration with musical entertainment, runner awards, raffle prizes and a healthy snack refresh table.
Dogs won’t be left out when it comes to prizes. Winners and their owners compete for commemorative awards in three categories: top dog, best costume, and friendliest pup.
“The raffle, with more than 20 prizes, has something to interest everyone,” says Jackson, “including a free weekend stay at the Marriott, gift cards from Dos Amigos and Red Lion, and huge themed gift baskets for runners, dogs, readers, kids, kitchen, home décor, office, and dog lovers.”
Raffle tickets are $1 each.
Jackson says, “Please come out because it is one of the few times where people can participate in an event that increases community support for positive health and promotes changes in patterns of physical fitness. Besides that, it is a real fun time with a lot of dogs!”
Pre-registration is encouraged and participants can save $10 if they register online prior to Sept. 15 at https://runsignup.com/Race/NV/Elko/PuppyLove5K.
The mission of the Family Resource Center is to enhance the quality of life for Northeastern Nevada residents through education, programs and community connections. Services include individualized parenting instruction, application assistance for housing, energy assistance and qualified health plans, hunger relief, teen pregnancy prevention, and nutrition education. During the 2017 fiscal year, FRC assisted 19,436 individuals.
For more information about the event call the Family Resource Center, 753-7352, or visit their website at www.elkofrc.org.
“Please come out because it is one of the few times where people can participate in an event that increases community support for positive health and promotes changes in patterns of physical fitness.” Harry Jackson, Puppy Love Committee Chair
and FRC board of directors Secretary