Downtown Williamstown is gearing up for Cinco de Mayo day, Saturday May 5th, when runners, walkers and their dogs gather together for a tail wagging event. The Tenth Annual Humane Race will unite hundreds of people and their pets for a 5 K run or 1 mile walk through the picturesque college town. Along the meandering route volunteers will cheerfully encourage the pounding feet and paws onward as they navigate the course to the finish line, where the festivities begin. A schedule of events follows:
*Early registration begins at 8:30 AM at 16 Water Street
*Children’s book reading at 9:00 AM at Water Street Books
*Race commences at 10:00 AM from in front of theBrowns on Spring Street
*The race event ends about at 12:00 PM at the Municipal Parking Lot on Spring Street.
*Dogs are free
The race begins with all participants receiving goody bags filled with yummy treats and treasures for themselves and their pooches like doggie bandanas. The first 150 registered runners/walkers will receive a commemorative Cinco de Mayo tee shirt, displaying a playful pup on the front. The running pack includes solo runners and dogs with their owners. If that’s too tough for you, join the leisure walking groups being escorted by their best friends.
Proudly, the runners will cross the finish line panting and sweaty to cheering fans, live music performed by the Williams Octet (A Capella group), and delicious treats to eat. Their four legged friends will choose a different path and head for the doggie watering hole and swimming pool. Once cooled down, the participants come together for prizes galore. One favorite is the owner/dog lookalike contest.
Another highly anticipated prize is the Ipad 2. To qualify all you have to do is raise $500.00 or more in pledges. You don’t even have to run the race. If your name is drawn you could be heading home with a brand new Apple.
Over the years the Humane Race has raised more than $100,000.00 for the Berkshire Humane Society. “It is events like this which allow us to rescue and place hundreds of animals in loving homes” said the BHS director John Perreault. “This has become such a great tradition for families and friends and dog lovers alike.”
Ten years ago, Alix and Brian Cabral organized the Humane Race in Williamstown Massachusetts. It has evolved over the years to become a celebrated event. Many local sponsors including Greylock Animal Hospital and Donovan & O’Connor, volunteers and participants come together in support of the Berkshire Humane Society. For more information, course map or to register visit www.humanerace.org or to contact Alix or Brian Cabral, e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (413)441-3677.