Gametiime’s second virtual event, The Puppy Run, recently came to a successful conclusion. With nearly 700 runners (including adults, kids, and plenty of four-legged friends), it was another swag-filled, social running experience enjoyed by runners in 44 states across the country.
If you’re not yet familiar with a virtual run, it’s an event allowing runners to run locally but connect nationally (and perhaps even globally in the future). By signing up, registrants become part of an online participant community — centered around the event’s theme and charitable beneficiary. They run where and when they would like (within a given timeframe), share results, photos, and stories of their adventures, and receive exclusive merchandise in the mail to remember the experience.
For The Puppy Run, we introduced some brand-new additions to our offering, including:
- Three run distances for participants to choose from (5K, 10K, and half marathon)
- Customized ribbons for each of the distances above
- The addition of a dog registration specially-made for our favorite running buddies
- A more streamlined process for submitting your finishing time
On top of the shirt, bib, medal, and other goodies past recipients received for the Pi Day 5K earlier this year, Puppy Run participants received an adorable collection of puppy-themed swag — celebrating their hard-earned running accomplishments and (of course) their devoted love for puppies!
Rather than tell you about it, we figured we would show you in pictures! Here just a few of the hundreds of photos submitted by Puppy Run participants during the mid-June event. Click here to see all of the photos from across The Puppy Run Community!
And, that’s not all. The Puppy Run benefitted a great cause too! Selected as the charity partner for this event, Valhalla Canine Rescue — dog rescue and care facility located in Winlock, WA — received proceeds from the event to help their efforts in rescuing abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs. With all of the talk of Cecil the Lion and animal rescue being such a highlighted issue in recent news, we’re thrilled to have benefitted their courageous work. Here’s a message from Valhalla’s Director, Patti Angeliz:
Working with Gametiime and Jon Tam has been one of the most pleasant experiences ever. Not only did I learn a lot about the organization and the wonderful work they do, but they provided me with everything we needed to share with our friends and supporters. It was a great way to create an exciting event that was different from our normal type of fundraisers and also provided a new way to meet people from all over with a love for dogs.
The donation made to Valhalla from the participants of the Puppy Run was more than we expected. This generous donation can help continue to live our mission statement and ensure that we can continue to rescue dogs from shelters that would otherwise be killed for a medically treatable condition or injury.
Miss out on the Puppy Run? Have no fear! There’s another doggy-theme run around the corner! Click below and join the interest list for the Doggy Dashers Virtual Run/Walk — benefitting Northwest Boxer Rescue!