Honoring the heat and humidity of late Summer, the public is invited to the 13th annual Dog Days 5K Run on Saturday, August 4th. 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 bounce houses for the kids and plenty of food and fluids for all entrants, plus lots of awards and a cool commemorative 13th 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. Returning for this year’s race is the refreshing fire truck hose spray at the end of the race to help cool down the runners!

LOCAL ROTARY CLUB’S DOG DAYS RUN CELEBRATES A DECADE PLUS ONE! 2Over the years, the Rotary Club of East Cobb has donated more than $616,000 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, Wheeler High School AVID Program, 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 Anne Marie Pitts.

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.

A cash prize of $125 will be given to top male and female finisher in the following categories: Open, Masters (40-49), Grand Masters (50-59) and Seniors (60+). Medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in the following categories: 10 & Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & Over.

LOCAL ROTARY CLUB’S DOG DAYS RUN CELEBRATES A DECADE PLUS ONE! 1This year the pre-registration fee is still $20 and must be received by July 22nd, 2018, which makes it the best value of any East Cobb race ($30 Race Day). There is a $30 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 13th Annual Dog Days Race, visit www.DogDaysRun.com. For more information, contact Anne Marie Pitts at ampitts@kellogg-partners.com or 678-428-3630.

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

This article originally appeared in the June/July issue of the EAST COBBER magazine, on page 48. Click here to view the digital edition.