Photo by Sandi Bruegger
Run For Rescue
Adopted Hope Rescues alumni Duke and Cindy sniff their prize as they are awarded first place in the Best Dressed Dog contest at the 2013 Run for Rescue at Glazebrook Park in Godfrey.
GODFREY – Glazebrook Park will be full of people and pups once again on Saturday, Nov. 1, raising funds for Hope Animal Rescues at the second annual Run for Rescue 5K and One Mile Mutt Strut.
This event marks the race’s return after a successful venture in 2013 where more than $11,000 was raised for the rescue.
“We are very excited to be back at Glazebrook this year,” Run for Rescue Co-Chair Mary Kate Brown said. “We had a great turnout last year and are looking forward to repeating that success.”
Last year’s race vetted more than 100 participants at the run/walk’s first year. This year, several activities have been added to the event to attract people who may not be interested in participating in the actual run but can still come out and enjoy the festivities.
“After last year’s success, we decided to add some more activities to the mix,” Brown said. “This year we will have face-painting, a doggie kissing booth, a fall-themed photo booth set up by HMCruz Photography and T-Mo’s Tacos will have their wagon on site to sell their famous tacos as well.”
The idea for the race came from Hope Rescues volunteer Melody McGowan, an avid runner. Having participated in charity runs in the past, she pitched the idea to Malone and they ran with it. This year’s race route designed by SMS Engineers will be able to utilize both sides of Glazebrook Park because of the completion of the new walking trail.
“The race couldn’t take place in a prettier spot,” said Malone of the Glazebrook Park location. “The Village of Godfrey has been great in letting us have the run here last year and this year and it’s a great asset to the community as a whole.”
The 5K race will take place at 9 a.m. and awards will be given out for several age categories. The Mutt Strut, a one-mile walk at which dogs are invited to join their owners, begins at 9:15 a.m. Owners are encouraged to dress up their furry pals in their best costumes and prizes will be given out to the top three best-dressed dogs.
The race is being sponsored by several local businesses including: Simmons Hanly Conroy, Lenhardt Tree Service and Atlantis Pools, where pre-race packet pickup will be held.
“All the money we are raising goes directly to benefit the dogs,” Brown said. “Hope Rescues is an all-volunteer-run organization, so fund-raisers like these really help keep them going.”
Race registration is $30 and can be done by visiting www.active.com and more information can be found on the race’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RunForRescue5K. People not able to participate in the run/walk are encouraged to cheer participants on and enjoy the other activities.
Hope Animal Rescues is an Illinois state-licensed, nonprofit no-kill animal rescue in Godfrey. Hope has rescued 1,927 animals since its founding in November 2005. Hope Rescues is an all-volunteer organization and relies solely on donations from the community to maintain its everyday operations.