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Dog rescue group to host 5K in Fowler Park

The North Georgia animal rescue group, BarkTown Dog Rescue & Sanctuary, has scheduled a 5K event for Forsyth County runners on two and four legs, aimed at raising funds to save the lives of dogs in kill shelters across the state.

According to a news release by BarkTown Dog Rescue & Sanctuary, the “Race for Their Lives 5K” will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 31 in Fowler Park.

“We look forward to a very successful race this year,” said Kim Murphy, founder of Barktown Dog Rescue, who said the group anticipates 200 race participants. “And no matter the level at which you compete, it’s a lot of fun just to come out and see all of the enthusiastic runners and their adorable pets. Everyone makes new friends before, during and after the race.”

The release stated that last year’s 5K helped to support the 115 canines Barktown Dog Rescue saved in 2017.

“The need is great to save more and more dogs at kill shelters throughout the state. We are grateful to all who take part in this event and support our goal of saving even more dogs this year,” Murphy said.

Water bowls, “oops bags” and treats from race sponsors will be available at the race for all canine participants, but the release stated that only friendly dogs should be brought to the event.

Awards will be presented to participants of the race in a variety of age group categories from 14 to 69 and up.

This year, the “Race for Their Lives 5K” will have a variety of sponsors including, Automation Direct, Vacation Express, Cloud 9 Classics, Forsyth Animal Hospital and many more.

Registration is still open for the event and will remain open until the race day. The release stated that registration will cost $25 per person until March 28, and $30 on the day of the race. The race will begin on the Fowler Park track and will extend onto the Big Creek Greenway.

According to the release, BarkTown Dog Rescue & Sanctuary is a volunteer, non-profit organization that is focused on finding all dogs responsible, loving homes and help dogs in distress, “without regard to age, breed, size or ease of placement.”

For more information on the event or to register, visit BarkTown online at, or visit the official race page at and search BarkTown Dog Rescue’s Race for Their Lives 5K.