Free Commemorative T-shirt if registering before May 12
Run Forrest Run is the largest fundraiser for Bellwether Harbor Animal Shelter & Training Center, the island of compassion for abandoned, abused and neglected dogs and cats located just west of Fremont. This year the runners, walkers and canine companions will be participating in the 15th Annual pet-friendly race.
RFR has three events with levels to fit every athletic ability. Runner, walker and virtual participant registrations are now being taken for the 15th annual event on Saturday, June 1, at Summer Breeze Golf Course at the Commons in Fremont.
According to Danielle Merrill, Bellwether executive director and trainer, the event is named after an unforgettable beagle at the shelter who took every opportunity to stretch his legs around the facility without a leash much to the chagrin of the staff.
“In Forrest’s honor, we encourage participants to run with their dog,”said Merrill. “Dog participation is free but we require all canines be up-to-date on vaccines.”
The 5K race is timed with medals awarded to the first two fastest finishers for males and females. The first male and female finishers running with a canine companion are awarded the top dog and lucky lady awards.
The one-mile event is geared to walkers, isn’t timed and will have a trivia scavenger hunt along the way. The virtual race is for anyone who is or isn’t a runner, can’t make the event or just wants to support the shelter.
Every participant receives a free t-shirt and the first 50 to register will receive a commemorative key ring. Registration fees increase after May 12.
“We couldn’t help the animals we do without the support of the community,” added Merril. “We want to thank our sponsors who make Run Forrest Run possible.”
Gold sponsors for RFR are the Fremont Area Community Foundation, Magna Mirrors of America, Inc., MPH Logistics, Noah’s Pet Cemetery, and Heil/Paulsen Heating & Cooling.
Race registrations are available online at http://www.bellwetherharbor.org and available at the shelter, 7645 W. 48th Street, Fremont during open hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 3-7 p.m.; Wednesdays & Fridays: 1-4 p.m.; and Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The race fee is $25 for the 5K and walk and $30 for the virtual to cover the cost of postage.