Genoa gets 5th 5K for K-9 Cancer


Genoa Township barn in McNamara Park.

Genoa Township barn in McNamara Park.

Mark your calendars! Dogs and dog lovers are invited to participate in this year’s Fifth Annual 5k for K-9 Cancer Run/Walk at out NEW LOCATION – McNamara Park, located at 7049 Big Walnut Rd, Galena, OH.

This family and dog friendly event will be held on Saturday, April 21st, 2018, from 9 a.m.-noon.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. The 5k RUN races start at 10 a.m. The 5k and 1M WALKS will start at 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration (Feb. 2 thru Apr. 17, 2018) entry fee is $25 ($35 w/long sleeve t-shirt). On-site registration fee is $30 without an event t-shirt. A limited number of long sleeve t-shirts will be available for purchase on location for $15.

Can’t make it to the event? Be a virtual participant and run/walk anywhere, anytime. Just $35 to register and receive an event t-shirt (shipping and handling included).

The 5k for K-9 Cancer run/walk is organized by Otterbein University’s Sport Management Event Planning and Sport Marketing classes, who hope to educate and raise awareness and funds for the fight against canine cancer. The goal this year is to raise $40,000+, with 100% of the proceeds earmarked for the clinical investigation of the diagnosis and treatment of canine cancer; specifically, for Stereotactic Radiation Therapy treatments. Stereotactic radiation therapy is an advanced technology being used to treat a variety of cancer tumors and is still somewhat in a research mode because it is so new. This treatment effectively treats tumors while saving and protecting healthy organs and tissues. Patients who can benefit from this treatment include any dog or cat suffering with a bulky tumor such as nasal, brain and lung tumors. In addition to increased precision, stereotactic radiation treatments require dramatically fewer treatments (1-5 treatments vs. traditional radiation’s 16-19 treatments) which also require less time per treatment. There is a significant number of patients in need of this treatment and the dollars raised will have a more immediate impact for families. Last year’s proceeds went towards providing funding for curing canine cancer via bone marrow transplants and patient support.

Prior to that, race proceeds went to the purchase of 3-D printers. These printers produce 3-D models that precisely replicate animal injuries or deformities and allow vet surgeons to physically hold and examine skulls and bones in their hands in order to perform preoperative assessments, practice surgical procedures in advance of an operation, and communicate more effectively with the pet owners.

In addition to the 5k and 1M walk/run, the event will also include paw print art, 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, educational materials/informational presentations; and dog/pet-related exhibitors/vendors.

Race awards will be given to the top three male and female runners only.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The event was inspired by Hilary Seif, a current Otterbein employee and dog owner who lost her Golden Retriever, Newman, to cancer in the summer of 2013. Canine Cancer affects one out of every three dogs.

Of those, over half of them will die. Cancer is also the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10.

The warning signs of cancer in dogs are very similar to that in people. A lump or a bump, a wound that doesn’t heal, any kind of swelling, enlarged lymph nodes, a lameness or swelling in the bone, abnormal bleeding. But sometimes there are little or no signs in the early stages of the disease.

With the help of Otterbein University’s Sport Management Event Planning and Sport Marketing classes, volunteers, 5k participants, sponsors/donors, and you, we can all make this an event that will bring dog lovers together and raise funds and awareness for a worthy cause. So join your dog, have loads of fun, and enjoy the day!

To learn more about the event and how to register or become a sponsor, donor, or exhibitor, visit:

Genoa Township barn in McNamara Park. Township barn in McNamara Park.


Information for this story was provided by Otterbein University.

Information for this story was provided by Otterbein University.