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Run With Your Dog to Benefit the Roanoke Valley SPCA


It’s not too late to start that resolution to get healthy. And you can help the Roanoke Valley SPCA in the process.

The 9th annual Tail Chaser will be held virtually throughout the month of March so people can participate where they live anywhere in the world and can complete their “race” at their own pace.

Julie Rickmond is the Marketing and Communications Director for the Roanoke Valley SPCA.

She says the pandemic struck just before last year’s event, so the 2020 race was held virtually as well. But this year’s virtual program has allowed them to have more options for participants.

“You can choose your own adventure and decide if you want to walk or run 5k (3.1 miles), 10k (6.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles) or a full marathon (26.2 miles) or if you want to bike 25, 50, or 100 miles. As always, your dog can enter too!”

If the virtual options are popular, Rickmond says they may continue it in future years.

“However, we hope we can have the race in person again next year, because we really miss seeing all of the participants - both human and canine!”

The SPCA has netted nearly $121,000 from the event since 2013.

“This event helps us raise much needed funds for our shelter animals so that we can keep saving lives and creating happy, healthy pet families in the Roanoke Valley.”


People can sign up and find out more information about the event here:

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