Each year Save One Soul Animal Rescue League hosts an in-person 5K event to raise funds for animal rescue. This year we are taking our event virtual! Our "race" is a virtual mileage accumulation challenge and there are five virtual routes you can choose from; each leg of the virtual event is the journey our dogs travel from one of our southern organization partners to the SOS headquarters in Rhode Island.
Since we are all about the dogs (and NOT professional athletes!), we divided the total miles by seven, to make the mileage per leg Virtual Dog Miles. The challenge spans 62 days, and participants can accrue miles on their own or in teams by walking, running, biking, swimming, jogging, indoor or outdoor, crawling - whatever they need to do to get 'er done! Once the race is finished, race participants will receive a fun custom medal (see below) representing the challenge(s) you completed in the mail!
All proceeds and fundraising from this event directly impact the number of dogs we can match with their furever homes! As we ensure all our pups are up-to-date on age appropriate vaccines, monthly heart worm and flea & tick preventatives, and are spayed/neutered before traveling to New England; you can imagine there’s a hefty cost behind all of that.
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This puppy challenge takes place all over the great state of Rhode Island! We may be small here; our state only measures 48 miles in length, but we are mighty! While you run or walk around here, be sure to check out St. Mary's - the oldest Roman Catholic church in the state and the site of JFK's wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier! Then head on over to Watch Hill to visit the nation's oldest carousel - the Flying Horse Carousel! After you take a break riding the horses there, head downtown to Providence and see the big blue bug! Don't worry, it's not scary. There's a 58 foot big blue termite on top of the New England Pest Control building and it is a well loved skyline addition! Continue your journey through Roger Williams Park and take a glance at the multiple fairy gardens before visiting SOS reTail in Wakefield!
Start your journey in Johnson City, the south's "Little Chicago" in the 1920s! This railroad and mining town was a bootlegger's haven during Prohibition. Travel through Virginia's Monongahela National Forest on your way to Pennsylvania's state capital, Harrisburg! After admiring blueberry thickets in the forest, you can stop in Harrisburg, PA to learn about its Broad Street Market. This is the oldest continuously operating market in the United States! Continue your journey with a stop in New York City to see a show on Broadway, then get your learning on at Yale University in New Haven, CT! Finish up with a stop at SOSreTail in Wakefield, RI!
Start your journey in 18.8m acres of forested land! Arkansas boasts more forested land than the entirety of Switzerland! Run on over to Lexington, KY to visit Smiley Pete's plaque. Smiley Pete was the town dog in the 1950s; he had a daily burger and waffles, a bowl of draft beer, and some popcorn! Skirt the edge of Ohio and pop in with a small visit in Huntington before continuing to Morgantown, West Virginia. Check out Coopers Rock State Forest for beautiful overlooks and hiking trails. Continue traveling to Allentown, Pennsylvania, home of only 1 of 6 communities in the country to have been named a "national success story." Continue your journey with a stop in New York City to see a show on Broadway, then get your learning on at Yale University in New Haven, CT! Finish up with a stop at SOSreTail in Wakefield, RI!
Start your journey in Jackson, a pioneer in lung transplants. This city successfully completed the nation's first lung transplant in June 1963. Continue traveling to Chattanooga, Tennessee to visit Tom Thumb Golf, the first patented mini golf course. Keep running to Roanoke, Virginia where you can traverse the Blue Ridge Parkway and visit beautiful overlooks and trails. Visit Harrisburg, PA to learn about its Broad Street Market. This is the oldest continuously operating market in the United States! Continue your journey with a stop in New York City to see a show on Broadway, then get your learning on at Yale University in New Haven, CT! Finish up with a stop at SOSreTail in Wakefield, RI!
Start your journey in Houston, Texas! While running through town, you'll hear over 100 different languages! The city boasts 145 spoken languages amongst its population. Mosey on over to Mobile, Alabama to learn more about the first ever Mardi Gras celebration in the "New World" in 1703! Before New Orleans became Fat Tuesday's prime location, Mobile hosted the event! Continue traveling to Atlanta, Georgia where you can take a little rest under one of their 100,000 shade trees. This city is one of the most heavily forested urban areas in the country! Keep trucking to Charlotte, North Carolina to catch a NASCAR race, then stop in Richmond, Virginia to learn about the nation's first electric street cars. You'll have a chance to see the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and take in a musical in New York City. Finally, be sure to stop by the Mystic Aquarium to see a beluga whale!
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