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Dog-Friendly 5K Heads Back to the EmBARKadero

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Now in its ninth year, the family and dog-friendly 5K event returns to a pup-ular location, transforming San Diego’s stunning bay park into the EmBARKadero!

Sunday March 18th, Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 9th Annual Puppy Love 5K presented by Blue Buffalo will celebrate San Diego’s love for pets and the good fortune of pup-rechauns finding their forever homes. Golden-hearted supporters are forming teams to raise more life-saving “green” than ever before on behalf of orphan pets.  

The Puppy Love 5K pre-events kick off at 7am at Embarcadero Marina Park South with runners hitting the course at 7:30am.

Harnessing St. Patty’s Day luck for Center adoptables, animal-loving individuals, families, and teams are racing to join the pack of registered paw-ticipants. The event promises to get hearts pumping with breathtaking views of the San Diego Bayfront along a fun course suitable for all skill levels. 

Timed runners will hit the path at 7:30am and complete the race as fast as they can, while those who register to walk will begin at 8:15am taking in the beautiful bay at their own pace.  Dogs are welcome to join their humans for FREE and all the funds raised will go towards the pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center.

The festivities will also feature St. Patrick’s Day-themed fun at the “After Paw-ty” in the BARKetplace.  Families and teams will gather to celebrate their luck of bonding with a furry friends with music, a human and canine costume contest, dog agility, kid’s activities including face painting, food, and dozens of interactive heath and pet-related booths.  

“We’re so happy to bring our 5K back to this gorgeous bayside park,” stated Helen Woodward Animal Center VP of Development Renee Resko. “It’s a perfect location for families and their pups to enjoy the views, get some exercise and promote the mission of pet adoption!”

Race entry for the 9th Annual Puppy Love 5K is $40 for adult runners and walkers and $18 for youth 12 and under. 

Those with team spirit can gather a group of six or more and use the DISCOUNT CODE "TEAM10" to get $10 off for each adult!  Teams of 15 or more get even more perks with bonus swag for all team members and their four-footed friends!  For more information or to register, visit or call 858-756-4117 x 350. 

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