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K9s and a 5K: Flash Dash and Doggie Fest return to KSU Tuscarawas

The Times-Reporter
The Times-Reporter
 2022-08-09

NEW PHILADELPHIA — Kent State Tuscarawas Alumni Association & Geib Funeral Home and Crematory are partnering for the Flash Dash 5K-9 run and 0.5-mile fun run/walk at the Tuscarawas campus, 330 University Drive NE on Sept. 10. Participants can compete in the traditional timed run or walk individually or bring a well-behaved dog to join them in the contests. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Race time is 10 a.m.

Options for the 5K run/walk include a runner-only division and a runner-plus-dog division. The 0.5-mile fun run/walk is open for all including dogs. All dogs must be leashed, vaccinated and tagged.

Pre-5K registration fee is $20, and $15 for students and alumni members. 5K entry fee the day of the race is $25. Preregistration deadline is Sept. 6. The 0.5-mile fun run/walk registration is $15. All pre-registered participants will receive a free T-shirt.

Awards will be presented to the top male and female runners overall and to the top two finishers in each male and female age group. First and second places will be awarded to the fastest dogs and their runners.

Event-goers and pets do not have to compete. The dog-friendly event includes a Doggie Fest for the whole family featuring food, furry paw art, K9 judging contest, puppy photo booth and other tail-wagging activities followed by event awards. Proceeds support Kent State Tuscarawas veterinary technician scholarships.

“Dogs are family these days,” says Chad Conrad, director of philanthropy. “We want to bring together the love of pets and Kent State Tuscarawas for a 'dog-gone' day of fun and Golden Eagles pride to help make the future brighter for our students.”

To register for the event, visit www.TuscUniversityFoundation.org. Contact Conrad at 330-308-7445 or cconra1@kent.edu for questions or additional information.

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