Mutt Strut 2017
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
April 29th - 8:30 AM - Race Starts and Finishes at the Main Entrance to Falls Park
How much are the race entry fees?
Individuals: Registration is $25.00/person (includes a t-shirt) before April 26th at midnight. Race Day registration is $35.00/person and includes a t-shirt.
Teams (4 person minimum): Team registration is $25.00/person and includes a t-shirt before April 26th at midnight. There will be no team registrations accepted after this date. Individuals who raise a minimum of $125 will be refunded for their registration fee in full.
Children: Registration is FREE for children 6 and under. T-shirts are not included but can be purchased for $15 at the race. (Sizes are not guaranteed.)
How do I sign up to race after online registration closes?
Online registration closes on April 26th at midnight. There will be no team registrations accepted after this date. Individuals can register one of two ways:
Attend individual packet pick-up on Friday, April 28th from 12:00 NOON – 6:30 PM, and walk-up to a separate table for late registration—fee is $35.00/person, is for individuals ONLY and includes a t-shirt (sizes not guaranteed).
Register on Race Day (April 29th) from 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM at the Registration Tent—fee is $35.00/person, is for individuals ONLY, and includes a t-shirt (sizes not guaranteed).
What are the Mutt Strut rules about dogs?
All dogs are welcome, but are not required. You do not need to own/bring a dog to participate in Mutt Strut.
ALL DOGS MUST BE kept on a leash and under supervision at all times. Retractable leases are discouraged, but if used, must be locked at 4’ during the race. Dogs must also be dog and people-friendly, 6 months or older, and up to date on all vaccinations.
You are responsible for cleaning up after your dog. Please bring your own waste clean-up bags or get one from our volunteers along the race course.
Where is the race course?
The race starts and finishes at the entrance to Falls Park, located at:
601 S. Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601
View the course map.
Where do I park?
Downtown Parking Options :
County Square – 301 University Ridge (Shown on Course Map) - FREE
To walk to the race start from County Square follow Howe St. on to Furman College Way. The race begins at 8:30am at the entrance to Falls Park by Spill the Beans.
Broad Street Garage – 135 E. Broad Street
To walk to the race start from Broad Street Garage follow East Broad St. to South Main St. The race begins at 8:30am at the entrance to Falls Park by Spill the Beans.
Richardson Street Garage – 66 Richardson Street - FREE
To walk to the race start from Richardson St. follow North Main St. until it turns into South Main Street. The race begins at 8:30am at the entrance to Falls Park by Spill the Beans.
Will there be awards for the race?
Yes! Awards and prizes are given to team and individual winners and include (but are not limited to) race medals, trophies, sponsor gifts, prize packages & more!
The Awards Ceremony takes place on the Awards Stage at 10:00 AM.
Top Dog Fundraiser: Top individual fundraiser
Proudest Pack: Top fundraising team
Best in Show—Mutt & Master: First overall male & female finisher with a dog
Best in Show: First overall male & female finisher without a dog
Leader of the Pack: First male & female finishers per age group
WIN A PIZZA PARTY FOR YOUR TEAM! The team that raises the most money (Proudest Pack) will win a pizza party, compliments of our presenting sponsor Papa John’s! All team donations must be submitted to the Registration Tent by 8:30 AM on Race Day in order to qualify.
Is there an age limit?
Only for your dog—they must be 6 months or older.
If you are bringing an older dog, remember that the heat and length of the race may cause fatigue—be sure to be prepared to provide comfort for your senior pup! Wagons are welcome and well-received.
Are strollers allowed?
Yes! Both child and dog strollers are permitted. However, dogs in strollers must still be on a leash at all times.
Will water be provided for racers and dogs?
Yes, there will be water stations for both humans and dogs located throughout the race course. Additionally, there will be water, fruit, pizza, and dog snacks available in the ‘Mutt Market’ following the race.
Is the course wheelchair-accessible?
If I cancel, can I get a refund?
Yes, but only if you cancel before April 19th at midnight.
Where and when do I pick up my race number and t-shirt?
Teams: Race Packets can be picked up BY TEAM CAPTAINS ONLY at the Greenville Humane Society on Friday, April 28th from 12:00 NOON – 6:30 PM. WE WILL NOT BREAK UP TEAM PACKETS.
Teams will not be able to pick up their Race Packets on Race Day.
Individuals: Race packets can be picked up at the Greenville Humane Society on Friday, April 28th from 12:00 NOON – 6:30 PM. GHS is located at 305 Airport Rd. Individuals can also pick up their race packets on Race Day from 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM at the Registration Tent.
Do I get a t-shirt with registration?
Registration for children 6 and under does not include a t-shirt. However, t-shirts are available for $15 during Race Day registration (while supplies last).
We would love to be able to provide each child with a free t-shirt, however, this is our only fundraiser for the year, so it is extremely important to cover costs. Thank you for your understanding and for helping ensure these much needed donations go back to the animals.
Individual and team registrations before the cutoff dates (see question 1) include a free t-shirt. Registrations after those dates will include a t-shirt but only while supplies last—we cannot guarantee sizes.
My child is under the age of 6. Can he/she still join a team?
Yes! Registration is FREE for children under 6 years of age and they are counted as a member of your team.
DONATION AND FUNDRAISING QUESTIONS
Who benefits from the proceeds of the Mutt Strut?
100% of the proceeds benefit the Greenville Humane Society. GHS is one of the largest no-kill facilities in the Southeast and found homes for over 6,400 animals in 2016. The money raised from this event will go towards sheltering, feeding and vaccinating all of our animals, as well as providing medicine for sick animals in our foster program.
I have offline pledges/donations that I would like to enter. How do I do that?
You can mail checks to our facility, but please drop off cash donations in person.
Mail checks to: Greenville Humane Society
Attention: Julia Glass
305 Airport Rd.
Greenville, SC 29607
In addition, please enclose the following information:
Your name, email address, and/or phone number.
Donor name, email address, and/or phone number.
How do I raise money for my participation and to support the cause?
Above all, be persistent and explain to people how their donations will directly impact the life of a homeless animal.
Here are some examples of the lifesaving services made possible by their donations:
$15 provides shelter, care, and food for a hungry animal for 1 day.
$30 provides formula to feed an orphaned, newborn puppy or kitten for 6 weeks.
$35 provides medical care (spay/neuter surgery & vaccines) for a homeless puppy or kitten
$50 ensures that a sick shelter animal has the opportunity to receive foster care.
Here are some tips to help you reach your goal:
Tell your friends and family. Inform them why you are participating in this event and how their donations could positively impact the lives of homeless pets. Ask them to make a donation in honor of you or a beloved pet.
Use social media. Post frequent fundraising updates on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
Use snail mail. Compose personal letters and send them to your neighbors, relatives and friends. Proved them with a stamped return envelope and make donating a breeze!
Ask for support. Ask your employer, parents, relatives, or friends to match the funds you raise.
Celebrate your birthday. Ask friends to donate in lieu of presents.
Offer a service. Babysit, wash cars, mow lawns, or pet sit for donation money. You can also sell lemonade, baked goods, or have a yard sale!
Throw a party. Have all of your guests bring a donation!