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2013 Mill Creek Karelian Bear Dog 5K Race

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Karelian Bear Dog program is holding its second annual 5K event in Mill Creek on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Karelian Bear Dogs are used to assist with wildlife management in a variety of ways across the state.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Karelian Bear Dog program is holding its second annual 5K event in Mill Creek on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

That’s right, you and your furry friend 5K run.

Be sure to register on or before March 21st to save on your registration fee!

According to Erika Thomas, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesperson, “It’s an opportunity for people and their dogs to participate together.  We will also have several of our Karelian Bear Dogs and their handlers at the event so people and their dogs will be able to meet them.”

“The Karelian Bear Dogs are used to assist with wildlife management in a variety of ways across the state.  They help the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife with capture work, aversive conditioning, hazing animals away from areas they shouldn’t be and also in education.  Their abilities to resolve conflict as well as track and locate to confirm animal presence assure safety to both wildlife and people.”

“The Karelian Bear Dog Program is funded solely through private outside sources. Currently there are six dogs in the state, with four of those in our region.”

Here are the details for the March 23, 2013, Karelian Bear Dog 5K:

  • This 5K (3.1 miles) run/walk starts at 10:00am on the Everett-Seattle Interurban Trail entrance behind the Mill Creek Department of Fish and Wildlife Regional Office.
  • The Everett-Seattle Interurban Trail is a flat paved surface with soft shoulders and stroller friendly.
  • Register for the race at the Karelian Bear Dog 5k Run website.
  • Racers can pre-order a t-shirt for $15 using the registration form. T-shirt pre-orders are due by February 23, 2013.

Cost:

  • $25 - Per person prior to February 23 (February 23rd t-shirt pre-order cutoff)
  • $30 - Per person February 24 – March 21
  • $35 - Per person day of race
  • $10 - Kids over 8
  • FREE - Kids 8 & under

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