2016 - Inaugural Soldier’s Pace Canicross Race – A 5k and Family Day brought to you by the Maine Veterinary Medical Center
Proceeds to benefit K9s on the Frontline" nonprofit
The canicross will be a 5k timed race through sprawling Smiling Hills Farms, in Westbrook, Maine just minutes from Portland. The race and all proceeds are to benefit “K9s on the Front Line.” K9s on The Front Line is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Portland, Maine. Their experienced team supplies fully trained PTSD service dogs at no cost to the recipient. The nonprofit rescues shelters, trains them to be certified service dogs and then places them with suffering PTSD/TBI military Veterans. Their work is invaluable. Our goal, through the race and various sponsorship opportunities, is generate enough funding to place 12 service dogs with 12 Veterans in need.
Approximately 1.7 million dogs are euthanized annually in the U.S. At the same time, more than 8,000 Veterans commit suicide, many of which have been suffering from PTSD (source: northedgek9.com)
We thought that there was no better place to host an animal run than Smiling Hill Farm, home to 25 kilometers of natural trails and an establishment that aims to respect and protect its animals while honoring ancestors by maintaining the land in a way that is sustainable for the future and sensitive to the environment.
In addition to the run, there will be pet activities, canine handling demonstrations, live music, pet and food vendors as well as a photographer doing family/pet photos against a fall scene background. After the race participants are encouraged to spend the day enjoying the farm.