Williamstown Goes to the Dogs

April 24, 2009, Williamstown, MA…The 7th Annual Humane Race Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk presented by theBrowns of Williamstown and benefiting the Berkshire Humane Society will take place on Saturday, May 9th at 10:00 AM.  For the first time, the event will be held in downtown Williamstown and will highlight many of the town’s most famous attractions such as its charming business district, the Francine and Sterling Clark Art Institute and the Williams College campus.  The race begins in front of theBrowns at 16 Water Street.  Parking is available in the Town Garage Lot across from Linear Park on Water Street (see website www.HumaneRace.org for parking and course map).

The main attraction of the Humane Race is without question – the dogs.  Runners and walkers can participate with or without a four-legged friend.   The cost for the event is $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under to pre-register, $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under for race day registration.  Children in strollers are free and there is no extra cost to run with a dog.  The first 100 participants to register will receive a commemorative T-shirt.  All dogs will receive an adorable bandana.   Finish line festivities will include prizes, raffles, food, music and more, and will take place at the end of Spring Street!  For additional details and to register, please visit our website, www.HumaneRace.org.

This year, we are thrilled to introduce two new activities just for kids.  The Clark will host an art project featuring their famous painting by Renoir of Tama the Japanese Dog.    Kids are invited to create their own puppy pin or bookmark with Tama’s likeness, just look for their table at the finish line.
At 12:30 PM the fun moves to Water Street Books, at 26 Water Street. Williamstown K-9 Police Officer Mike Ziemba and his police dog, Blue, will read two books; I Got Two Dogs, by John Lithgow and Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. After the readings, children are invited to create art for the “MY FAVORITE DOG” contest. Prizes will be awarded in three categories and judged by Officer Ziemba. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome to attend and snacks will be provided for all.  For more information call Water Street Books at 413.458.8021.

The Berkshire Humane Society is a privately run, non-profit organization, which receives no city, state or federal funding of any kind.  The BHS is a vital part of the Berkshire’s social fabric, providing support and assistance to pet owners throughout the county and beyond.  In addition to pet adoptions, the BHS offers many invaluable social services such as low cost spay and neuter programs, a pet food bank for needy pet owners, educational outreach programs, family dog school, and a “Safe Pet” program in conjunction with the local shelter for victims of domestic violence and abuse, the Elizabeth Freeman Center.

For more information, please contact:

Alix Cabral
Race Director
The Humane Race
228 Main St., #415
Williamstown, MA  01267
(413) 441-3677

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