BARCStoberfest 5K Run/1 Mile Walk Set for October 26th

| October 9, 2013 | 0 Comments


Move Your Paws for a Cause

BARCStoberfest Features …Ready…Set…Sniff 5K Run/1 Mile Walk

Paced by the WoofDriver

image006Run or walk with or without your dog to BARCStoberfest at Patterson Park on Saturday, October 26 to benefit the 12,000 homeless animals that come to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) annually. The…Ready…Set …Sniff …5K Run/

1 Mile Walk, sponsored by Charm City Run, allows participants to either run or walk around Baltimore’s Patterson Park with their 4-legged friends while raising funds for the four-legged animals at BARCS. Following the 5K run, BARCStoberfest offers entertainment, food, activities, pet contests and informative pet exhibits.

The run will be paced by the WoofDriver, dog powered sporting lifestyle expert. WoofDriver focuses on new and exciting ways to exercise, train, and spend time with your dog. Called “Furwheeling”, it incorporates sports such as hiking, biking, sledding, carting, rollerblading and skiing, but when they become dog-powered, take on new dimensions and challenges. Watch Bill “WoofDriver” Helman, a local Baltimore dog lover and extreme dog sporting enthusiast, lead the race with his team of four Husky’s  attached to a state-of-the-art, electric-powered wheeled dog sled.

The WoofDriver will be at BARCStoberfest to promoteWalk for a Dog  , a new iPhone free app that raises money for the local shelter of your choice every time you walk your dog. Go to to learn more about this revolutionary new Dog-Powered fundraising tool for animal shelters, featuring BARCS in Baltimore.

The 5K race begins at 11 AM on the Pagoda side of Patterson Park followed by BARCStoberfest at the conclusion of the Run/Walk. The festival features pet contests (including costume) with local celebrity judges, pet health and welfare specialists, pet blessing, pet micro-chipping, stage entertainment, food vendors, local artists, silent auction, raffles, other area animal rescues and many other exhibits.

Funds raised by BARCStoberfest support the 12,000 homeless animals the nonprofit BARCS cares for every year. The event is free to the public and sponsors include Matt and Maria Wieters, The Greene Turtle at McHenry Row, PetValu, 98 Rock, WBAL 1090 and the Baltimore Sun. For more information on BARCStoberfest and registration details, visit

BARCS, the largest companion animal shelter in Maryland, takes in over 12,000 dogs and cats a year, plus almost 1,000 exotic wildlife and small mammals.  A non-profit organization, BARCS has saved over 60,000 animals in its seven years of existence.  On average every day 250 animals are living at BARCS, over 700 are being cared for in foster care plus roughly 35 new animals arrive at the shelter daily.  Volunteers and donations are always needed and welcomed.  For additional information, see

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Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS) is a non-profit organization created in July 2005. BARCS takes in homeless and unwanted animals in Baltimore City as part of its mission to provide sanctuary for all animals and to promote a more humane community.
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