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Natural Awakenings San Diego

Kids Get Their Hearts Racing for Puppy Love

Helen Woodward Animal Center is hosting the 4th Annual Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk being held on February 10 along Highway 101 in Solana Beach. This family-focused event, which supports the pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center, has always loved it’s “Old Dogs,” but this year’s event will pay special attention to its “Young Pups” too. Center staffers have noticed a heartwarming increase in the number of junior animal-lovers dedicating their time, their creativity and even their allowances to orphan animals. With this in mind the annual race, sponsored by Roadrunner Sports and BMW, will dedicate new activities contests and a variety of fun events to the kid-crowd.

Junior athletes are invited out to race for fun, race competitively or just take part in all the kid-tastic festivities. The event will include awards in new kid-ranked categories; a Best Group Kid-Costume Contest, with a winning pizza party prize-package including Helen Woodward Animal critters as special guests;  as well as free puppy-dog face painting, make-and-take crafts, relay races, food and entertainment.

Meanwhile, the event will offer all the fun-filled, heart-friendly activities from past years including a Valentine-themed doggy costume contest, Doga Yoga, doggy agility courses, and food and canine-loving vendors in the Wagging Wellness Village.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race kicks off at 8 a.m.

Cost: $35 for adults; $15 for juniors. For more information or to register, visit or call 858-756-4117 x. 379.