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Barks & Belts 5k fundraiser scheduled for this Sunday

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On Sunday, June 1, 2014, starting at 9:00 a.m. the 3rd annual Barks and Belts K9 5k fundraiser to raise money for Evergreen Animal Protective League and Drive Smart is scheduled. Set in the mountains west of Denver, the course begins and ends at Chow Down Pet Supplies in the Bergen Village, located at1260 Bergen Parkway in Evergreen, CO Humans with or without canines companions are welcome to walk or run.

REGISTRATION: (Online registration closed at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday May 29th.)

Cost for Racers: Day of race registration is *$40.00 from 7:00-8:45am

*Race day registration does not guarantee t-shirt or goodie bag availability.

Registration for the event is per person, not per dog, so if your spouse or other family member wants to walk with you, registration is necessary.

You don't have to walk a dog in order to participate in the event. We welcome cat lovers! You might consider walking in honor of your cat by pinning a photo of your cat to your shirt.

Walkers and slower paces runners please start at the back portion of the pack of runners..

If your dog has never been involved in running a 5k with you before, please use this as a learning experience. Please start in the back portion of the pack of runners and off to the side.

All registered dogs will receive a poopy bag. Please carry it with you during the race, and if your pup needs to stop to "use the facilities," please use the bag and dispose of it in a trash receptacle or leave it on the side of the race course in the grass, far enough out of the way but visible from the road if possible. Volunteers will come by after the race to pick up and dispose of all bags.

Please use a regular leash. If you only have a retractable leash, please lock it at 4-6' for the duration of the race.

All dogs must wear ID tags, be current on rabies vaccinations, be at least six months of age and females may not be in heat. Please be kind to your four-legged companion and maintain an appropriate pace.

Two water stations on the course as well as water at the end of the race will be provided to participants and their dogs. If you or your dog require additional water, please be sure to bring some with you.

Please put your race number on your person and not on your dog.

Please keep your dog in control at all times and no fighters or biters.

These guidelines are in place to maximize happy runners, happy neighbors, and a long future of canine participation in the Barks and Belts 5K.

Getting to the Race:

Evergreen, Colorado sits off the I-70 corridor between Idaho Springs and Lookout Mountain. From I-70 take the Evergreen Parkway exit and travel 2.5 miles. Take a left onto Bergen Pkwy and a left at the 1st stop sign. Travel straight after the 2nd stop sign into Bergen Village.

Parking for the Race:

Because available parking is limited in the Bergen Village to patrons of the various businesses so event organizers ask that all racers and event attendees park in the RTD Park and Ride.

Why Evergreen Animal Protective League and Drive Smart together? Well, why not? Both are respected nonprofit organizations that strive to make our mountain home a better place to live and play. Their respective messages and goals are universal and, in coming together to raise money for both groups, we are creating a partnership that can bring together people with diverse interests to create a more cohesive community.

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