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Annapolis 5K Run and Dog Walk supports disabled veterans

Lace up your shoes and grab a leash: America's VetDogs will host its fourth annual Annapolis 5K Run and Dog Walk on Sunday to help provide guide, service, occupational therapy, and combat stress-control dogs to soldiers and veterans.

The run/walk starts with walk-up registration at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Blue Herron Center at Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road. An opening program starts at 8:45 a.m. and the timed race starts at 9:00, with the dog walk starting five minutes later. Awards will be presented around 10 a.m. Registration costs $45 per human participant.

This year's guest of honor is Army Staff Sergeant (ret.) Brian Pearce, a Purple Heart recipient, and his service dog, Gunner. Gunner helps Brian with daily life since he suffered vision and traumatic brain injuries while deployed in Iraq.

America's VetDogs provides guide and service dogs to disabled veterans and active-duty personnel. They also provide trained dogs to veteran and military hospitals and combat-stress dogs to soldiers deployed overseas. The organization says each assistance dog costs $50,000 (including breeding, training, and placement), and all dogs are placed at no cost to veterans or soldiers.

All dogs must be leashed for this event. For more information, visit 5K.VetDogs.org.

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