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Six-legged teams of walkers/runners and their dog companions will fill Dearborn’s Ford Field on Saturday, May 12, 2018 for the 13th annual Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit (FAMD) Mutt Strut.   

The 5K  run and 2.2 mile walk is Metro Detroit’s only springtime pet-friendly run and walk.

The Mutt Strut welcomes families and individuals of all skill levels for the run and walk along Dearborn’s Gateway Trail.  It begins at 8 a.m. for runners and 10 a.m. for walkers.  Dogs are not required for participation.

In  addition to the race and walk, Ford Field in Dearborn will host food  trucks, family-friendly entertainment, demonstrations and a shopping area for pet owners. A lure course for  active dogs will challenge racing skills, and an agility course is also  free for dogs wishing to show off their tricks. Food trucks and events  will run before, during and after the official walk and run, until 1 p.m.

Participants  can register individually or as a team. The 2017 Mutt Strut raised more  than $82,000.  Said Greene, “Mutt Strut is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year.  Especially with our new shelter opening up in the Fall, we’re proud of  how far we’ve come and what we’ve accomplished. But there’s always more  to do, and this day really helps us show off our great shelter animals.”

The  course winds through the side streets and parks of Dearborn with full  support from the community. Said Greene, “It’s great to see the neighbors come out and support our  walkers and runners, especially when they bring their dogs too.”

Runner  registration in advance is $45 and $50 the morning of the event. All  runners receive a timing bib, an official Mutt Strut Walk & Run t-shirt, and a commemorative  medal. Walkers who register in advance and raise more than $45 in  pledges also receive a Mutt Strut t-shirt and a dog bandana. If  participants choose not to raise funds for the event, they are still welcome to join the walk and the fair at Ford Field in  Dearborn. 

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