The Humane Educational Society will host the fourth annual A Christmas Tail in historic St. Elmo on Saturday. The annual event is a Christmas themed 5K and 1 mile Mutt Strut benefiting the Humane Educational Society. Funds raised at the event will benefit the shelter’s Special Needs Fund, which provides lifesaving surgery and medication as well as heartworm treatment to animals with treatable injuries and illness, giving them a second chance at a happy home and healthier life.
The 5K and Mutt Strut are a way to support the shelter’s mission to provide education and outreach to the community, medical services for needy animals, humane investigation, shelter for homeless animals, and strong adoption programs that ensure all adopted animals have safe and loving forever homes.
The 5K is both a timed competitive race and a non-competitive fun run and walk for two-legged participants only. The route offers scenic views of historic St. Elmo and the course is flat and fast. The race begins at 9 a.m.
VIP tickets are still available. A Christmas Tail VIP's will enjoy a special brunch at 1885 after the event. The brunch buffet will include biscuits and gravy, hash browns, grits, waffles and a fruit medley of bananas, apples, berries, and strawberries. This will also include coffee, a drink, or water. VIP tickets are $45 and include entry to the event and brunch at 1885.
The Mutt Strut is for for participants of all ages and their canine friends. It is a 1-mile fun walk starting at 9:45 a.m. All two-legged participants of the Mutt Strut will receive an event T-shirt and goody bag. All four-legged participants will receive special treats
All 5K and Mutt Strut participants will receive an event T-shirt, goody bag and complimentary breakfast from Chatta-Cakes Bakery.
Winners in each division of the 5K will receive a keepsake ornament. Awards will be presented following the 5K race at the Veterinary Care and Specialty Group at 3812 Tennessee Ave. in the following divisions: Overall male and female, 14 and under, 15-20, 21-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70 and over.
Registration and a light breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. at Veterinary Care and Specialty Group. Breakfast will be provided by Chatta-Cakes Bakery. This event will be held rain or shine. Organizers reserve the right to cancel in extreme circumstances. In that event, there will be no refunds, rather, the entry fee will be used as a donation to the Humane Educational Society.
Register online at www.heschatt.org on or before Friday.
After the event will be the Tap House Social! All participants will receive 10 percent off beer and metal winners in their division can show their metal to receive a $3 beer. Dogs are allowed on the patio. The Tap House is at 3800 St Elmo Ave #114.