12th Annual Humane Race for Berkshire Humane Society

Pittsfield, MA (April 21, 2014) – Ready, Set, Go…for this year’s Humane Race,  an annual benefit for Berkshire Humane SocietySponsored by Greylock Animal Hospital, Donovan & O’Connor LLP, and The Memory Clinic, the race will be held on Saturday, May 3, at 16 Water Street in beautiful Williamstown, MA.

Rain or shine, this 12th annual 5K Fun Run and One Mile Walk – with or without your dog – will offer a day of outdoor entertainment for the entire family.  The race begins at 10:00am, with Check-in and Race Day Registration starting at 8:00am. Finish line festivities will include music, games, prizes, and food booths. And, yes, because the Humane Race is for the dogs, there’ll also be wading pools and lots of treats after the race.

The Humane Race was originally organized by Alix and Brian Cabral.  Now Christa Abel, a long-time supporter of the event and owner of BarkN’Cat in North Adams, has officially taken over as race director. “This year is more important to me than ever,” said Abel. “The Cabrals created a successful and fun model, and with the support of old and new sponsors, participants, and our North County community, we’ll keep it vital!  As Brian Cabral would say, ‘It’s for the puppies and the kitties.’”

Pre-registration for Humane Race 2014 is $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under before Saturday, May 3. Race Day Registration is $20 for adults and $15 for children. The first 150 participants to pre-register will receive a limited edition T-shirt.

Runners or walkers who raise $500 or more in pledges will automatically be entered into a drawing for some special prizes.  This year adults will be eligible to win a portrait of their favorite pet or person by local artist Dun Riddell, and children 12 and under can win a birthday or ice cream party at Berkshire Humane Society.  To see a display of Dun Riddell’s work, stop by BarkN’Cat at 28 Holden Street in North Adams.

“I’m fortunate to have an excellent committee to help me, as well as the staff of Berkshire Humane Society.” Abel explained. “My goal is for the Humane Race to continue as an essential and unique fundraiser for Berkshire Humane Society.”  In past years, the popular North County race has raised over $125,000 for the shelter.

To pre-register for the Humane Race, download a pledge form, or learn more about the event, please visit www.HumaneRace.org.

Since 1992, Berkshire Humane Society has been providing refuge for homeless animals, free humane education programs for the community, low-cost spaying and neutering options, and foster care for pets whose families are in crisis.  An open admission shelter, Berkshire Humane Society receives no public funding and relies on donations and memberships to continue its important work of helping pets and their people.

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