Paws for People, a Newark-based pet therapy organization, announces its annual Wag & Walkathon cumulative marathon to be held virtually Thursday, Sept. 17, to Saturday, Oct. 17.
Last year, the cumulative marathon concept replaced Paws’ traditional Wag-n-Walk & 5K Run, which was popular and successful for 10 years. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the entire event will be completely virtual from start to finish including Facebook Live celebrations and other fun activities. Competitors can log in their 26.2 miles anytime, at their own pace, throughout the month. Participants can walk on their own, with a pet, or in socially distanced fashion with friends.
The Wag & Walkathon will feature a month of online contests and challenges as well as virtual vendors. Doggie contests will include cutest pet photo, funniest pet video, best trick video and more. The walkathon will include contests in the areas of mileage tracking, fundraising, and team-building.
“Last year’s first Wag & Walkathon was extremely successful,” said Lynne Robinson, Paws for People executive director. “We were unsure how the public would respond to a cumulative marathon, but people truly enjoyed the combination of healthy activity and making a difference! This has been a challenging year due to the pandemic, and many of our programs were put on hold or transitioned to a virtual format. This event is critical to enabling us to fund our life-changing pet therapy programs.”
The registration fee for the Wag & Walkathon is $20 for ages 13 and over, and $10 for children 12 and under. To register, go to pawsforpeople.org or call 302-351-5622.