Jog for a Dog charity 5k returns to Castletown House

Autism assistance dogs

Jog for a Dog charity 5k returns to Castletown House

Sunday April 17 will see the return of the Jog for a Dog charity 5k, in aid of My Canine Companion Autism Services, to Castletown House in Celbridge.

This is the second year of the run and it’s sponsored again by Naas-based Irish Dog Foods. Open to both runners and walkers, the race will start and end in the beautiful grounds of Castletown and take walkers and runners around the town of Celbridge.

The event was very well supported last year and raised over €10,000 for the Irish charity My Canine Companion who train service dogs for children and young adults with autism.

“Jog for a Dog raised significant funding for us last year and has helped us train additional and much needed autism service dogs. Like the majority of charities in this sector, we receive no government funding, therefore all our funds have to come from great fundraising events such as this – the charity and the families (including a number in the local area) who have received these dogs greatly appreciate the support,” said Niall Ruddy, who co-founded the charity with his wife Cliona O’Rourke in 2011.

Service dogs can be a life changing addition to children with autism and their families and provide huge benefits including safety, independence and companionship.

Reduced rate online registration is now open at www.popupraces.ie, with entry fees ranging from €10 for juveniles and walkers to €15 for senior runners. Participants are also welcome to register in person at Castletown House on the day of the event (€15 for walkers and juveniles/€20 for senior runners) with the race itself due to start at 12.30pm. There will be chipped timing, medals and goody bags for all registered competitors; plus refreshments available for participants

For further information and to register please see www.jog4adog.com and Jog for a Dog Facebook/Twitter accounts for additional & up to date information including expert training and fitness tips.

Plus, don’t miss your issue of the Leinster Leader for the four weeks before the race for expert training and running tips for all those taking place in the race.

For more information on My Canine Companion, see www.mycaninecompanion.ie