Humane Race to benefit homeless animals

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NORTH ADAMS — Canines and their people will once again be running the annual Humane Race from Colegrove Park in the Steeple City.

The Berkshire Humane Society's 17th Humane Race will be a timed 5-kilometer run and 1-mile fun walk benefiting homeless animals April 27. Participants are invited to run and walk with a leash on their human companion. Humans are not required to be accompanied by a canine.

Proceeds benefit Berkshire Humane Society and the homeless animals of the Berkshires.

The race will be timed by Berkshire Running Center.

"The Humane Race is one of my favorite events of the year," said Christa Abel, race director and BHS board member. "For both people and dogs, it's a fantastic, fun day for everyone — children, too."

BHS Humane Heroes will volunteer at the event, hosting a canine snack station with homemade pupsicles and doggy ice cream. The Humane Hero program teaches children about animals and organizes group volunteer activities at the shelter and shelter events.

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The first 200 participants will receive a high-quality, reusable tote branded with the Greylock Animal Hospital and BHS logos. Sponsors include: Greylock Animal Hospital; The Berkshire Eagle; Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP; Public Eat+Drink; West Oil Co.; A1 Inc.; Alton & Westall Real Estate Agency, LLC; Mountain One; r.k. Miles; Smith, Watson & Co., LLP; and The Waters of Sand Springs.

"The entire staff at Greylock Animal Hospital are excited to be sponsoring and participating in Berkshire Humane Society's Humane Race again this year," said Ashley Gilvey, hospital manager. "We all look forward to this fundraiser every year to show our support and appreciation for all that Berkshire Humane does for the animals of Berkshire County."

Check-in and day-of registration begins 9 a.m. at Colegrove Park Elementary School, 24 Church St. in North Adams. The race and walk begin at 10 a.m. Runners and walkers are encouraged to register in advance at HumaneRace.org.

Participants who opt to raise pledge money for BHS have a chance to win prizes.

Since its beginning, the Berkshire Humane Society has sheltered more than 50,000 homeless animals that are cared for and made available for adoption. In 2017, BHS took in more than 1,200 homeless animals, which represents a continuing decrease from past years.

For more information, visit HumaneRace.org and follow the event on Facebook at facebook.com/BerkshireHumane. General inquires can be sent to social@berkshirehumane.org or 413-447-7878, ext. 145.


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