Saturday, July 4, 2009

97 Days until the Athletes Helping Athletes 5K race in Kennesaw, GA

The 40th Annual Peachtree Road Race is in the books, and now it's time to speed forward to the annual Greyhound fundraiser, the Athletes Helping Athletes 5k Race being held in Kennesaw, GA this year on October 10th, 2009.

This unique 5 k race not only features vendors and awards, but SEGA has incorporated a LARGE Meet & Greet into the event by pairing the competitors with 'Running Mates' for the race. In 2008, there were 61 Greyhounds in attendance who wore Large Red Paper Dog Tags with various information including their name, age, adoption date, favorites treats, games, toys, race record, and other various traits or qualities that they share with their families. In the runner's registration packet was the matching dog tag. At the conclusion of the race, the runner could Meet Up with their Greyhound Mate. It was quite exciting as a greyhound owner to get to meet the runners that were matched up with Drew and Handy last year.

The runners didn't have to meet the greyhound they were paired up with, but many did. It gave the competitors a good feeling knowing how the entry fee benefited the SEGA adoption process. One of my close friends, Vickie DeFoer, Corporate Payroll Manager at the Atlanta Journal Constitution was one of the runners. She is pictured below with me and Melanie Carter (another local payroll professional) with Drew and Handy.

Carleton Holt, owner of Granite Digital Imaging, captured the excitement of our event in a video that is posted HERE. Please consider becoming part of the excitement, even if you're a virtual runner (participate through donation only) we'd love to have your support of Greyhound Adoption! We even had several adoptions occur during the year from runners that participated and never considered a greyhound as a pet. That's our goal - to educate, share and have fun doing it!


christie said...

So many of the runners had fun meeting their "Running mate" - as my two greys were two of the running mates. It was so much fun cheering on the runners and mingling. I can't wait for this one. I had fun being a "fanthom" runner - so I still got a shirt!!!!

Michelle said...

What an awesome event! =)

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

Thank you for entering our "Stick out your tongue" contest. We are still working on visiting all of the contestants. We hope to choose a winner by the weekend and get all of the photos posted.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

gyeong said...

A 5K for the Hounds. What a great idea. Looking forward to pictures from this year's event.