More than $3,300 has already been raised for the Montgomery County Cancer Association through this year's Big Dawg Dare, but there is still time to help out the cause and have a little fun while you're at it.
Five dollars from every entry into this year's 5K obstacle mud run, which will be held on Saturday, July 20, will go to the MCCA, which supports cancer patients and research throughout Montgomery County.
More than 650 runners have already signed up for the big race, now in its eighth year. Last year's field, which was also over 600 runners, drew participants of all ages, from seven-years-old in the 2K Puppy Dawg Dare to 74 years of age in the 5K Big Dawg Dare.
Last year, a group from Rock Steady Boxing of Memorial SportsCare in Springfield ran the Puppy Dawg Dare in one of the event's more inspiring moments. The group, some of whom are planning to run again, was made up of individuals fighting Parkinson's disease, along with their loved ones and the coaches at Rock Steady Boxing.
While pre-registration is no longer underway, participants can still sign up the day of the race. The cost is $75 for the Big Dawg Dare, which has eight flights going off every half hour starting at 8 a.m., or $35 for the Puppy Dawg Dare, which has one flight at noon.
Runners are encouraged to be at the course, located at Wolff Farms at 3153 North 15th Avenue, an hour before their wave begins. Each runner will receive a medal, a Big Dawg T-shirt, a tote bag and a Big Dawg Dare cup. This year's T-shirts are pink and blue in honor of this year's primary benefactor.
For more information, go to www.bigdawgdare.com. To date, the Big Dawg Dare has given thousands of dollars away to community groups in Litchfield and Montgomery County, and plan to continue to do so, while also expanding into Macoupin County.