DEARBORN — Discounted registration for the 12th annual Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit Mutt Strut runs through March 1.
Cost for the event — May 13 at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill — is $25 through March 1, and $35 through the day of the event.
This year the event has grown to include a 5K run, in addition to the traditional walk.
In addition to the race and walk, Ford Field will host food trucks, family-friendly entertainment, demonstrations and a shopping area for pet owners. The run kicks off for racers at 9 a.m. and registration begins at 8 a.m.
Participants can register individually or as a team and raise funds for FAMD, a nonprofit animal shelter in Dearborn. All runners receive timing devices and complimentary items, including a Mutt Strut T-shirt.
Elaine Greene, FAMD executive director, sees the event as an opportunity to achieve two goals in one: raising money to shelter homeless animals while having fun with pets.
“The Gateway Trail in Dearborn is a great spot to run with your dog,” she said. “And we’re hoping to raise awareness and money so we can host more animals at the Dearborn Shelter, and of course find families for them.”
The Mutt Strut invites families and individuals of all skill levels for the run and walk.
The event’s presenting sponsor is Dearborn Family Pet Care. Dearborn Recreation and Parks is also a sponsor.
More information on the event can be found at www.muttstrut5k.org.