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Bark in the Dark 2017

Sat October 7 2017
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Location: Grand Rapids, MI US 49505 Directions
Type: Run or Run/Walk
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Bark in the Dark
5:00PM EDT - 9:00PM EDT
Registration ends October 5, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT
2001 Monroe Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI US 49505

Join Humane Society of West Michigan for the 5th Annual Bark in the Dark on Saturday, October 7th at Riverside Park! All proceeds from this family & dog friendly 5K and 1 Mile fun run/walk benefits animals in need at Humane Society of West Michigan, a 100% donor funded 501(c)3 non-profit that promotes humane treatment and responsible care of animals in West Michigan through education, example, placement, and protection. Participants have the opportunity to raise additional donations to support these animals. 

5:00pm-6:30pm- Registration/Check-in & pre-race festivities including:  a photo booth, face painting, give-aways, and more!
6:30pm- Run/Walk begins!
6:45pm-9:00pm- After the race stick around for our post-race celebration featuring a beer tent and food! Each registered adult will receive a free drink at the beer tent. Friends & family will be able to purchase beverages using cash or card. Don't forget your ID!  

Once you register for Bark in the Dark you will be prompted to create an online fundraising page to collect donations from friends and family online. We encourage you to customize it with a picture of you and your furry friend, and let people know why you are fundraising to support HSWM animals! You can then share your fundraising page with friends & family on social media and through email. The dollars that you raise make a huge impact on our animals here in West Michigan! Fundraisers who reach one of the following levels will receive special HSWM apparel as a thank you! Fundraisers can claim their prizes at the check in table on the day of the event. 

$150- Long sleeve shirt

$250- Sweatshirt

$500- Duffle bag filled with goodies, plus your choice of a long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt

NEW THIS YEAR: For the first time ever Bark in the Dark participants have the opportunity to enter their dog(s) into a costume contest! Amazing prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. First Round voting is open online now, and then the top 10 vote receiving dogs in the First Round will move on the Final Round and have their costumes judged in person, by a panel of judges at Bark in the Dark on Saturday, October 7th. See below for rules and entry instructions!

Here's how the dog costume contest works:
-Go to our contest page: http://makemycontest.com/barkinthedark/
-Click "Sign Up" in the right hand corner
-Enter the contest for $10 (one photo per entry) 
-Vote and encourage friends and family to vote for your favorite photo/costume at $1 per vote
-First Round voting will end on Oct. 5th at 11:59pm, the top 10 vote receiving entries will move on to the Final Round
-Final Round will take place on October 7th at Bark in the Dark (at Riverside Park) prior to the start of the race 
-Costumes are judged in person by a panel of judges
-Prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place 
-All proceeds from contest will be donated to Humane Society of West Michigan
-Must be registered and plan on attending Bark in the Dark 2017
-Group costumes (including humans and additional dogs) are acceptable as one entry
-Dogs only, as we do not encourage cats to attend Bark in the Dark

Need help? Contact Brooke Hotchkiss, HSWM Development Specialist at bhotchkiss@hswestmi.org or 616-791-8089. 

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