Staff report written from press release:
Bloomington, Indiana – September 26, 2023
The Monroe County Humane Association (MCHA) extends an invitation to the community for the 28th annual Run for the Animals & Barktoberfest, set to take place on Sunday, October 1, amidst the backdrop of Karst Farm Park.
More than just a 5K run/walk, the Run for the Animals event is a message of hope, compassion, and a collective commitment to the community, according to the MCHA. Each stride taken and every dollar raised directly contributes to supporting MCHA’s essential programs and services, ensuring that beloved animals in the community receive the care and love they deserve. Simultaneously, Barktoberfest guarantees a day filled with boundless joy, offering a wide array of attractions, including local vendors, an off-leash dog play area, contests, raffles, and more. Best of all, Barktoberfest is open to our community members absolutely free of charge!
This enduring event, which has been a beacon of unity and fun for nearly three decades, stands as a testament to the spirit of the community and MCHA’s unwavering dedication to the cause of animal welfare.
- 9:00 AM: Barktoberfest commences, and on-site Run/Walk Registration begins.
- 9:50 AM: Registration for the Run/Walk concludes.
- 10:00 AM: The 5K Run/Walk Race kicks off.
- 11:00 AM: Awards ceremony for the 5K Run/Walk Race.
- 11:30 AM: Prepare to be entertained by the delightful Fastest Peanut Butter Licker Contest.
- 12:00 PM: Showcase your pet’s Halloween spirit at the Pet Costume Contest.
- 12:30 PM: Anticipate the unveiling of Raffle Winners.
- 1:00 PM: Barktoberfest concludes.
Location: Karst Farm Park, 2450 S Endwright Rd, Bloomington, IN US 47403
Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to our esteemed 2023 sponsors: ABR Print, Bloomington Indiana Kennel Club, College Mall Veterinary Hospital, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, Hayden Flats, Hive, Limestone Post, Mad 4 My Dog, Makes Me Shutter Artistic Photography, Mannered Mutts Training, Old National Bank, Pizza X, Scout’s Honor, Shine Insurance, Slotegraaf Niehoff, Stay Put Doggy, The Dog House, LLC, The Goat Conspiracy, and Town and Country Veterinary Clinic.
About MCHA: The Monroe County Humane Association’s mission transcends basic animal care; it’s about nurturing a humane future. MCHA provides accessible resources such as the Nonprofit Veterinary Clinic, Pet Food & Supply Pantry, and E. Susan Bartlett Crisis Housing Center. As a private 501c3 non-profit, MCHA relies solely on the generous support of our community and does not receive funding from national organizations or tax dollars.
Register & More Information: For comprehensive event details, 5K registration, and additional information, please visit monroehumane.org/run-for-the-animals.
Mark your calendars and lace up your shoes! We eagerly await the opportunity to welcome both familiar and new faces on Sunday, October 1, 2023, for a day of fun, unity, and compassion.
Contact Information: Monroe County Humane Association 791 S Fieldstone Blvd. Bloomington, IN, 47403 Website: monroehumane.org Phone: 812-333-6242