Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Doggie Dash: Record Turnout Expected

The Oregon Humane Society is predicting a record turnout for the 22nd Annual OHS Doggie Dash, Portland’s largest block-party for pets and people!

The festivities begin Saturday morning, May 9th, with a new bridge-to-bridge run for people and dogs through downtown Portland. For those less athletically inclined, organizers offer a relaxing 1.5 mile stroll for pet owners and their dogs along Naito Parkway and Waterfront Park.

Last year, Doggie Dash raised $220,000 for animals, with all proceeds benefiting the Oregon Humane Society. For 2009, OHS is expecting 3,000 runners/walkers, 4,000 onlookers, and 3,000 dogs--about 1/3 more than last year.

“If you love dogs, this is the place to be on Saturday. You’ll not only have a great time, you’ll be helping a great cause,” said Sharon Harmon, OHS executive director.

The day's festivities include a free wellness exam for your pooch, a canine talent contest, pre-Dash yoga lesson for you and your dog, a post-Dash massage clinic for dogs, a tasty pancake breakfast before the Dash, and live music by Portland’s Lost Creek bluegrass band.

Early registration for the Dash ($25) closes at midnight, May 7. The public can register online or onsite registration opens at 7:30 am, May 9th at Waterfront Park. Look for the registration tent near intersection of Naito Parkway and SW Pine St.

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