An event designed to support and raise money for the BC and Alberta Guide Dog Association is returning to Vancouver this month.
Known as the RunGo Dash for Dogs, the guided event takes place on Sunday, February 23, and features a 5 km run, 10 km run, or 2 km walk through Stanley Park, beginning at the Brockton Pavillion.
Participants can also take part in a “blindfold walk,” where the dogs in advanced training
will guide them through an obstacle course.
The event wraps up with a social event, which includes pancakes, prizes, and a chance to meet puppies in training from BC & Alberta Guide Dogs. 100% of all the funds raised from the day’s event support the organization’s Guide and Service Dog programs.
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Craig Slagel is the founder of RunGo and has been supporting BC & Alberta Guide Dogs with this event for five consecutive years. In that time, Dash for Dogs has raised over $65,000 for the organization. This year, he said, the goal is to raise $25,000.
“There are limited spots remaining in each of the participation categories,” Craig said. “However, even if you can’t attend the event, you can still sign up to run virtually and help us raise money no matter where you live.”
For those that attend with their four-legged friends, organizers note that all dogs must be on leash and under control at all times for the safety of the working dogs.
And while the race is for people to support dogs, owning a dog is not a requirement to participate in the event.
When: Sunday, February 23
Where: Stanley Park