Lace up your running shoes, grab the leash and get ready for the 5th Annual Tail Chaser 5K and 1 Mile Walk at Wasena, Smith and Vic Thomas parks along the Roanoke Greenway. This race is one of the first spring races in Roanoke and an annual family and community event as well as one of a few races that allow you to participate with your pet. The race this year will be held on March 25, 2017 at 10:00 am. After the race, join us as we celebrate the service performed by official duty canines in our K9 Veterans Ceremony. And just before we begin our family friendly festival with canine demonstrations, vendors and food, we will announce the Category Winners for the Pet Hero Awards! New this year is also the opportunity for you to purchase Memory Mile Marker. For a $25 donation, you receive a memory marker that you can pick up at the shelter in advance and decorate in memory of a beloved pet. These memory markers will line the 1-Mile Walk Route. Find more information here.
Capable, well behaved, canine companions are welcome in the run and walk! Proof of current rabies vaccination must be provided at packet pick-up or check-in NO EXCEPTIONS! Please remember that dogs must remain on leash (no retractable leashes) at all times and owner is responsible for cleaning up if nature calls.
Medals will be awarded to top three Overall winners (both male & female) as well as the top three in each age division (both male and female)!
Registration fees are as follows:
– Early Bird Registration (by March 11th): $25 per person, additional $5 for canine companion
– Registration (March 12th – March 23rd): $30 per person , additional $10 for canine companion
– Last Minute Registration (March 24th & 25th): $35 per person, additional $15 for canine companion
The first 150 dogs registered will receive a free dog bandanna courtesy of WSLS10.
T-Shirts will be guaranteed to the runners/walkers that register by March 11, 2017. After March 11th t-shirts will be given on a first come first served basis at Packet Pick up.
Also this year, you can help the Roanoke Valley SPCA reach its Tail Chaser 5K and 1 Mile Walk fundraising goal to continue its mission to create a community where there are no homeless cats or dogs.
There are many ways to participate in the fundraiser challenge: as an individual, on a team or as a corporate contributor.
There will be prizes available for each tier of the fundraiser challenge. In addition to the prizes below, any person (individual, team member or corporate contributor), who raises a minimum of $250 will receive a pack of RVSPCA notecards.
You can register as a fundraiser online.
1st Prize: A Fleet Feet Sports program registration (valued at $125)
2nd Prize: An RVSPCA sweatshirt and mug
1st Prize: A Fleet Feet Sports $15 gift certificate for each team member!
2nd Prize: A Spay-ghetti ticket for each team member (max. 10)
1st Prize: A Party Suite for your corporate team at a Salem Red Sox Home Game (valued at $500)