Participants can run or walk with or without a dog
to honor VETERANS' DAY
and help us RESCUE ONE TO RESCUE ANOTHER!
4TH ANNUAL RESCUE RUN 5K
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 10:00 am
Harbor Shores, Graham Ave near North Shore Drive, Benton Harbor, MI
See Map Below for Parking and Start/Finish Line
In 2014, SWMI RACERS partnered with the Whirlpool Veterans Association to create a 5K that would not only honor Veterans Day, but would also benefit a veterans’ organization. RACERS members discovered Stiggy’s Dogs, a 501(c)3 organization based in Howell Michigan, and the RACERS Rescue Run 5K was born!
New in 2017... Chip timing! The 5K route is an out and back course to Jean Klock Park, with a start and finish on Graham Avenue near the corner of North Shore Drive in Benton Harbor. The route is stroller friendly, and post-race refreshments are available at the finish line.
Overall male, female and canine finishers in both the run and walk division will receive individual awards. Medals go to male and female age group winners in the 5K and 5K Walk. Door prizes awarded to both random human and canine participants!
FEES: 15 and Over: $20 by midnight 10/22
$25 10/23 through Noon Friday 11/10
$30 Race Day
14 and under: $15 through Race Day
* No charge for adults & children pushed or pulled in strollers and wheelchairs of any kind, or wagons
* Participants pushing adults or children in any stroller, wheelchair, or wagon must select the Stroller option
Stiggy's Dogsrescues and trains shelter dogs to be psychiatric service dogs for military veterans in Michigan, living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury. Dogs are trained and deployed at no cost to the veteran. Stiggy's Dogs relies on donations to to cover costs associated with training both the dog and the veteran. Examples of costs include:
$15 provides treats for training
$30 pays for one training outing
$50 supplies all leashes and collars for training for a dog
$75 buys a crate and crate pad for a dog/veteran
$150 supplies a dog and veteran with a "Welcome Aboard Kit"
$250 funds a vest, patches and training gear for a dog
$350 pays for all basic obedience training for a dog
Roles Dogs Serve
What is a Companion Dog?
A Companion Dog is any family pet that may or may not have basic training knowledge. They remain in the home and only are allowed in public places that accept dogs; such as pet stores, dog parks, as well as some state and local parks.
What is an Emotional Support Dog?
An Emotional Support Dog is a dog that has completed and passed a Basic Obedience course and passed Canine Good Citizen evaluation. These dogs are able to help comfort those in the home, or may be invited to visit schools, hospitals, nursing homes, etc. They are not protected as a service dog is, and can only go where invited specifically.
What is a Psychiatric Service Dog?
A Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD) is a highly individually trained dog that has completed over 350 hours of training to basic commands, disability-mitigating tasks, public outings, introduction to all manner of novel objects, and all types of people as well as passed all required standardized tests and evaluations. The job of a PSD is first and foremost their Handler; PSD’s are not allowed or encouraged to interact with the general public. These dogs are legally protected by law, and are able to be everywhere with their Handler.