Holding a running event in Stanley Park located in downtown Vancouver ensures a race will be as picturesque as it gets. The directors of Dash for Dogs are doing just that but with the addition of some canine friends and in support of a good cause.

The second annual Dash for Dogs will be held on Saturday in support of BC and Alberta Guide Dogs.

The non-competitive event welcomes runners with or without a dog to participate and asks that those with canines to have their companions on-leash and kept close during the run/walk.

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The inaugural event raised $2,866 in 2015. Proceeds support pairing certified guide dogs at no cost to blind/visually impaired people, according to the website.

The event is put on by RunGo, a mobile application that provides users voice navigation for walking and running routes. The race will be begin at Brockton Pavilion in Stanley Park.

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The cheque presentation following last year’s event. Photo: Craig Slagel.

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Start times (PST), Feb. 20:

10K — 9 a.m.

5K — 9:15 a.m.

2K — 9:30 a.m.

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Runners can enjoy post-run festivities including pancakes, coffee, and prizes. Race director Craig Slagel is closely connected to the cause as he’s the owner of Dynasty, a now-retired guide dog.

More information on the race can be found here.


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