Honoring the heat and humidity of late summer, the public is invited to the 19th annual Dog Days 5K Run on Saturday, August 3. Produced by the Rotary Club of East Cobb, the big event kicks off at 7:30am. Everyone is welcome to run, jog or walk the race. There will be good music, great food and lots of prizes and giveaways! There will be activities for the kids and plenty of food and fluids for all entrants, plus lots of awards and a cool commemorative 17th Annual Dog Days shirt! This is a family-friendly and pet-friendly race so the public is encouraged to bring their families and dogs to enjoy the race.

Over the years, the Rotary Club of East Cobb has donated more than $800,000 from the race proceeds to local and international service projects. 100% of the Dog Days Race proceeds support more than 20 local/international non-profits, including YMCA, Center for Family Resources, School Mates Literacy Project, Camp Horizon, Aids Awareness, Walton Robotics, Project Mail Call, Recognition Awards for Cobb County Public Safety and Kids2Leaders, just to name a few. “Join us for a fantastic race and fun activities, while at the same time making a difference in our community,” says Rotary Club President Butch Carter.

This year’s Dog Days 5K Race once again returns to the McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road in Marietta/East Cobb and is once again a USATF certified 5K course. Cash prizes will be given to top male and female finishers.

The pre-registration fee is $30 and must be received by July 31, 2023, ($35 Race Day). There is a $35 fee to be a “Phantom” Runner. If you are unable to run, but want to support this event, please register as a “phantom” runner. A t-shirt will be mailed to you after the race. To register for the 18th Annual Dog Days Race, visit www.DogDaysRun.com and click on the “Sign Up” link. Rotarians are business and community leaders who take an active interest in service to our community. The motto of Rotary International is “SERVICE ABOVE SELF,” and the members of the Rotary Club of East Cobb exemplify this statement in their business activities and daily lives.

The Rotary Club of East Cobb meets every Wednesday at 7am at the Indian Hills Country Club, 4001 Clubland Drive in Marietta/ East Cobb. For more information about the club, visit EastCobbRotary.com.