Yarmouth’s first Dog Dash will take place Sunday, Nov. 19, as a fundraiser for the Yarmouth Dog Park that’s in development.
The event was a natural choice for the organizers: Rick Allwright and Candice Phibbs of Mile East Productions.
“As dog owners ourselves we wanted to put together an event that would help support the park getting off the ground in some way,” Phibbs said.
Participants pay a flat registration fee ($25 to $45) and can collect pledges too for the Yarmouth Dog Park Association.
Two distances are available: the Full Mongrel (5 kilometres) and the Miniature Mutt (adults)/Puppy Parade (kids) (2.5 km).
“So far the Full Mongrel is the most popular distance,” said Phibbs.
The route is a mix of pavement and trail along the Yarmouth waterfront.
Participants can run/walk without a dog if they wish. Canines will receive a finishers’ dog tag and bandana. Their humans will receive a finisher medal and a branded headband.
Phibbs adds the event is designed to be fun and non-competitive.
“We want participants to have a great walk or run with or without their canine companion and learn more about the dog park association,” she said.
Mile East Productions will be using their newly acquired inflatable start/finish line arch at this event.
Craig Crocker, chairman of the Yarmouth Dog Park Association committee, says an excavator has been on site at 28 Jarvis St., installing a silt fence, and grubbing and burying roots. A bulldozer is expected to level existing fill this week.
Corporations, businesses and individuals are now being approached to purchase segments of fence for $300 each. Their donation will be recognized with an engraved plaque on that section.
“We are hoping to have the fence, crusher dust, pea gravel, benches, shared water for both small and large dog areas, and the parking lot done for under $100,000 with the total project being $150,000 to $200,000.
“No bells and whistles, just a fully functional and properly dressed park for all to enjoy. The time line will depend on the donation of sections of fence and how well it goes,” added Crocker.
Depending on how the fundraising goes, shelters, trees and play items like tires and plastic culverts would be added later.
To sign up
• To learn more and/or sign up for the Yarmouth Dog Dash, visit this website
• Registration and pre-registration check in for the Yarmouth Dog Dash begins at 9:30 a.m. at Rudders parking lot/Killams wharf. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments available after the event for two-legged and four-legged participants.
• Check out the Yarmouth Dog Park Association online