PHOTOS: SAVMA Scamper

The SAVMA Scamper 5K/10K run is an annual event put on by the Student American Veterinary Medical Association Chapter (SAVMA). SAVMA is a professional student organization within the College of Veterinary Medicine that links students with professional and social activities.

The SAVMA Scamper run is hosted to help promote mental and physical health through exercise. Participants are also encouraged to train and participate with their canine companions if they are able to.

The race will take place Saturday at the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine and will finish at Christensen Drive. Participants can sign up for the 5K or 10K race option.

Registration is $20 for Iowa State students and staff and $25 for non-ISU participants until Friday. Race day sign-ups cost $30 for Iowa State students and staff and $35 for non-ISU participants.

Participants must show a valid Iowa State ID when picking up their packet to receive the discount. Registration includes a chip timing on the race bib, access to free post-race food, a puppy petting zoo and entry for one of the many door prizes.

“There are currently 228 people registered," said Shaine Hoffman, Scamper Run registration coordinator. “We are expecting over 100 dogs to join their owners in the race.”

The 10K race will begin at 9:45 a.m. followed by the 5K beginning at 10:00 a.m. Proceeds from the competition will be donated to Taysia Blue Rescue’s Huskies and Heroes program. This program reduces or covers the cost for veterans to adopt a dog.

Participants bringing their dogs to the race must provide proof of current rabies vaccinations and they must be friendly to other people and dogs. Pets must also be leashed at all times during the event.

PHOTOS: SAVMA Scamper

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