RICHMOND, Va. -- The 21st annual Dog Jog, 5K Run and Block Party, benefiting the Richmond SPCA, took place Saturday.
"The day began with a chip-timed 5K (3.1-mile) for people only, followed by our Little Paws Fun Run for kids ages 4 to 10, and then a leisurely 1-mile Dog Jog," officials said.
The free Block Party, featuring live music, special performances, beer/wine trucks and much more, kicked off at noon.
Live music, entertainment, food trucks, cocktails were the right combination to create a lively scene despite some showers moving through.
“The weather is not the best, but it is not dampening our spirits. We have lots of dogs out and their companions, so we’re super grateful to them," Richmond SPCA CEO Tamsen Kingry said. "In addition to our wonderful staff, we have 100 volunteers without whom we couldn't do it. So we’re deeply grateful to them and to every member of our community, the ones who came to support the event as a participant and those who are coming to help.”
Award-winning WTVR CBS 6 anchor and reporter Greg McQuade returned as emcee.
Online raffle tickets with five amazing prize packages, including a Myrtle Beach getaway, tickets to see “Hamilton” and more, remain up for sale all weekend. The drawing will be held on Monday for the prize packages.
Proceeds from the event, which so far totaled more than $200,700 as of Saturday evening, will benefit more than 4,000 homeless pets in the care of the Richmond SPCA this year.
Click here to make a donation or learn more about the Dog Jog, 5K Run and Block Party. WTVR CBS 6 is a proud sponsor of the event.