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K-9 Drax is the honoree for this year’s K-9 5K Foot Chase, benefiting the Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Get ready to hit the pavement again, but this time, with your dog.

The Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation will hold its annual K-9 5K Foot Chase, presented by SharpShooters USA. The event includes Alpharetta K-9 officers and their dogs. Citizens are encouraged to bring their four-legged friends to participate in the 5K as well.

The race, a Peachtree Road Race qualifier, will be Thursday, Oct. 18 starting at Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza. Although the previous 5Ks have been held in the morning, this year, the run begins at 7 p.m.

The 5K will follow the same course as the annual Alpharetta Rotary’s Mayor’s Corporate Challenge – down Academy Street onto Westside Parkway and Old Milton Parkway.

Now in its third year, the 5K supports and brings awareness to the Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation, a nonprofit assisting local police, fire, 911 and civilian personnel efforts. The foundation likewise provides financial assistance during times of hardships and regularly purchases equipment and training for the various agencies.

All proceeds from the 5K will go toward the mission.

“Supporting the Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation is all about showing your appreciation and pride for our public safety heroes who risk their lives each and every day when they go to work,” said Tom Deets, president of SharpShooters USA. “Our police, fire and 911 operators are dedicated to improving the quality of life for those who work, live and play in Alpharetta.”

This year’s honoree is K-9 Drax, a dual-purpose Shepherd-Mal mix from Slovakia. Drax has an Instagram @adps_k9_drax with over 2,300 followers.

The K-9 5K Foot Chase will give participants an opportunity to get to know Drax, his handler K-9 Officer Brandon O’Donnell, and other K-9s in the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety.

“This race was inspired by the huge interest citizens have with the Alpharetta K-9 Unit,” Deets said. “We felt that having a race where the K-9 officers and their dogs could run with citizens and their dogs would be a terrific way to bring attention not only to the K-9 unit but the entire Alpharetta Public Safety Police, Fire, and 911 Departments.”

Winners will be selected in several different age groups and will be awarded medals. Overall winners and masters will also be awarded with engraved dog bowls.

The after party will include dog adoptions, K-9 education and police demonstrations. Fire trucks, emergency vehicles and a SWAT bus will be on hand as well.

The event is rain or shine, and aggressive dogs are asked not to participate.

Registration fees are $30 per person before Oct. 14 and $35 after Oct. 14 or on race day. Registrants will be supplied with a referral link and will be rewarded with $5 for each person who uses that referral link to register.  

For more information and registration, visit bit.ly/2pqqXQo.

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