I had never participated in any 5K fundraiser before, as I certainly don't run, but when I learned that this Virtual 5K could be completed on my terms, I knew I had to do it. Not only would I be raising funds for an organization near and dear to my heart, but I could do it with one of my fur-babies.
Participants had the freedom to run, walk, swim, cycle, or use any other method or terrain they preferred. Plus, we had the luxury of completing the 3.1 miles at our own pace, in our own time, and with or without 4-legged friends.
I decided to complete the 3.1 miles with Penny over the course of a few weekends so that we could get in segments at various race tracks.
If you didn't already know, the Lapdog Dad races US Legends cars, and Penny attends many of the events with us all summer long. A couple of the tracks are super dog friendly and have great space for walking, so it made sense to combine our weekend hobbies and get a little more exposure for the ASPCA fundraiser.
You may have noticed that I use the "Walk for a Dog" app, which meant we actually doubled up on our fundraising efforts, as our walks helped a favorite local shelter at the same time -- win, win!
Thank you for helping us, to help them!
I really want to thank everyone who donated to our first #ASPCAVirtual5K, as well as those who cheered us on from the sidelines. Your support means the world to us!
We fell a little short of our overall fundraising goal, but that won't stop us from continuing to spread awareness. We might even do it all over again this October, when the ASPCA hosts their fall Virtual 5K!
Although the race was virtual, we still received a bib number, as well as medals for both myself and Penny (she loves bling, so I let her model both for you). The human medal is absolutely gorgeous, and the pet one can be used for a keychain if you prefer. Penny also received an ASPCA bandana, and we earned four levels of prizes based on our fundraising efforts - a t-shirt, tote bag, water bottle, and running pouch.