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1st Annual Pup Ruck 5K Run/Walk


Join Pets and Patriots Foundation for the First Annual Pup Ruck 5K Run/Walk presented by Relliable Painting and Lawful Defense on Sunday, November 12th from 1PM til 4PM at Depot Park in Gainesville, FL!

By joining the Pup Ruck, you are helping Pets and Patriots Foundation fulfill its mission to serve and support the veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) living in North Central Florida by providing qualified dogs and/or service dog training to them and their dog - thereby improving the quality of life for the veteran and family. 

Through your participation and generous fundraising efforts, Pets and Patriots Foundation is able to provide specially trained service dogs to veterans battling PTSD. With your help, we can continue to provide this much needed treatment option to veterans, giving them hope for a better tomorrow.

The Pup Ruck is open to all skill levels and families. You are encouraged to compete with a rucksack to show support of veterans battling PTSD. (A rucksack is a military-style backpack, usually weighing around 50 pounds, used in military operations.) If you don't have a rucksack, please bring your dog and compete with your best buddy. The 5K race is a run/walk at your pace in the Town of Tioga, beginning at Fluid Lounge and World of Beer.

Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fastest race times provided by Alter Ego Fitness! Show your patriotism by competing in the Most Patriotic Contest for individuals and families! Dogs can show off in the Biggest Dog and Smallest Dog contests! 

Thank you to each of our sponsors for giving so generously to help make this event a success! Thank you to Blu Dove Designs for developing this event and all materials to help provide specialized service dogs to veterans with PTSD. We greatly appreciate all of our business and community partners!

Earlier Event: November 11
Sunset Saturdays at Depot Park
Later Event: November 17
Friday Family Dance Party