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Otterbein University Students Host 5K for K-9 Cancer Run/Walk

March 03, 2016
Otterbein University

Dogs and dog lovers are invited to participate in the Third Annual 5K for K-9 Cancer Run/Walk from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at Otterbein University’s Cross Country course, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. Registration begins at 9 a.m., the race starts at 10 a.m., with the 5k runners lining up first, followed by the 5k walkers, then the one-mile walkers  The pre-registration entry fee is $20 without receiving an event t-shirt or $25 with an event t-shirt. On-site registration fee is $25 without receiving an event t-shirt or $30 with an event t-shirt. Anyone can also be a virtual participant and run or walk anywhere, anytime for a registration fee of $30, which includes an event t-shirt with shipping and handling included.

The 5K for K-9 Cancer Run/Walk is organized by Otterbein University’s Sport Management Club members, who hope it will educate and raise awareness for canine cancer in central Ohio. Their goal is to raise at least $30,000, with all of the proceeds earmarked for clinical investigation of the diagnosis and treatment of canine cancer. In addition to the 5K run, the event will feature 5K and one-mile walks, dog contests, paw print art, an online silent auction, educational materials, informational presentations and dog and pet-related exhibitors/vendors. Race awards will be given to the top three male and female runners along with special prizes for winners of the contests. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The event was inspired by Hilary Seif, a current Otterbein employee and dog owner who lost her golden retriever, Newman, to cancer in the summer of 2013. Canine cancer affects one out of every three dogs; more than half of them will die as a result. Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10. The warning signs of cancer in dogs are similar to those in people, including lumps or bumps; wounds that don’t heal; any kind of swelling; enlarged lymph nodes; lameness or swelling in the bone; and abnormal bleeding. But sometimes there are little or no signs in the early stages of the disease.

With the help of Otterbein University’s sport management event planning class, volunteers, participants, sponsors and donors, dog lovers can come together and raise funds and awareness for a worthy cause.

To learn more about the event and how to register or become a sponsor, donor or exhibitor, visit http://www.otterbein.edu/5kK9cancerrunwalk. 

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