On August 11, the Rotary Club of East Cobb will hold its seventh annual Dog Days 5K and 1Mile Fun Run. Come join the fun, all in the family are welcome to participate and help raise funds to support local Cobb county charities as well as national and international Rotary projects. Last year’s race drew a record number of runners and the club hopes to beat that number in 2012 by having at least 750 runners (walkers, joggers). This is the primary fundraiser for the East Cobb Rotarians and they have set a goal of raising $50,000 this year. Last year, the club successfully raised $41,000 to benefit many charities, locally, nationally and abroad.
The Dog Days 5K Run is an official, certified Peachtree Road Race qualifier. It has a USTAF (USA Track and Field) certified course. The 5K race begins at 7:30 a.m. Both races start and finish at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church located at 955 Johnson Ferry Road where parking will be available. It is $20 to register before the race and $25 the day of the race. You can register online at www.active.com, in person at Big Peach Running Company, or download a mail-in entry form by visiting www.dogdaysrun.com (mail-in entries must be received by August 9). If you are unable to race yourself but would like to support the cause, register as a Phantom Runner for $25 and a t-shirt will be mailed to you after the race. Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The 1Mile Fun Run will start at 8:15 a.m.
Awards will be given out starting at 9 a.m. with $125 cash prizes to the top overall male and female finisher in Open, Masters (40-49), Grand Masters (50-59), and Seniors (60+) categories. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in fourteen different age groups. All Fun Run finishers will receive ribbons.
The Rotary Club of East Cobb is an organization of business, professional and community leaders who belong to a worldwide association of Rotary clubs, Rotary International and live by its Motto: “Service Above Self.” Rotary International provides service to others, promotes high ethical standards and tries to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship. For the past 25 years, the East Cobb Rotarians have supported charitable causes and service project both close to home and far around the globe. The money raised from the Dog Days Run allowed the club to support local charities like Cobb Family Resources, Camp Kudzu for Juvenile Diabetes, Camp Hope, Camp Sunshine for children with cancer, and Canine Assistance as well as presenting Aids Awareness programs at local high schools and Rotary School Mates (mentors) for Brumby Elementary. Worldwide charities that the club supports include SmileTrain, Wheelchair Foundation, ShelterBox and participating in the Polio Plus program to end polio worldwide. The list goes on. If you are interested in becoming a member or learning more about Rotary, visit www.eastcobbrotary.com or contact Blaine Hess at firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 521-3379.
So register early or come on out on August 11 whether you are a serious runner or want to encourage the family to exercise together. Even the family pet has been seen running in the East Cobb Rotarians Dog Days Run. Your participation will help the Rotary Club to continue its tradition of community service and good works at home and around the world.