Calling All Two and Four-Legged Athletes

| December 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

First Petco Foundation WALK. RUN. WAG. 5K9 Race Series

The Petco Foundation and are calling all two and four-legged runners, walkers and waggers to take part in the first Petco Foundation WALK. RUN. WAG. 5K9 series, sponsored by Petco and Purina Pro Plan, in support of local pets and healthy lifestyles.

The series kicks off Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 at the Del Mar Race Track in San Diego, and continues March 4 in Tempe and April 1 in San Antonio. The series will soon expand to other cities across the country. A portion of proceeds from all race registrations will benefit local animal-welfare organizations through the Petco Foundation.

“Obesity in both humans and pets continues to be an issue in the U.S. and we are thrilled to introduce this new event as a great way to help people and pets stay healthy together,” said Petco Foundation Executive Director Paul Jolly. “The 5K9 race series is designed to demonstrate just how fun and rewarding it can be to get and stay healthy and active, particularly with your four-legged best friend by your side!”

Each WALK.RUN.WAG. race will offer a 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) and 1 mile run/walk event for runners and walkers, both with and without their dogs. Participants will have access to coaching and training programs for both humans and pets, and they can be connected with a community of other athletes and their pet companions online and in their local communities.

All three events will include an expo where dogs and their human companions can shop for athletic products, pet products and more. And, for anyone looking to add a new furry friend to their family, each race and expo will also feature local rescue groups with adoptable animals searching for their forever homes. For more information or to register for a race near you, visit To learn more about the Petco Foundation, visit

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