Animal Lovers Run Unleashed for Talbot Humane

Easton, MD: Talbot Humane has formed a new partnership with local Marathon Coach Amy Eutsey to train interested runners, and especially novice runners, for the Baltimore Running Festival this fall. Participants fundraise for the Talbot Humane Society animal shelter while they train for either a marathon (26.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles), or marathon relay team (up to 7 miles each). Runners of all fitness levels from beginner to weekend warrior are welcome to participate in this noncompetitive and fully supportive 26-week program.

“This program is meant for busy people who want to get into shape, stay in shape, and achieve an extraordinary goal,” says Eutsey. “I have coached runners who said they couldn’t run to the mailbox and back to run a marathon in 6 months, and I have helped lifetime runners achieve that first marathon experience that would allude them when they trained on their own. Our training practices and support are for literally everyone!”

The program will also involve training for the first annual kickoff 10K for Talbot Humane’s fall Bark in the Park under the directorship of fellow marathoner Julie Fickes and Eutsey.

The Unleashed program officially begins Saturday, May 12, at 7 a.m., at Idlewild Park in Easton. Interested runners can register at the informational meeting on Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 p.m., at the Senior Center on Brooklets Ave in Easton or by contacting Eutsey at eutseyeditor@yahoo.com or 410-253-9791.

There is a fee of $150 to cover the cost of the race registration and program operation. The fundraising commitment is $500 per Unleashed participant.

Talbot Humane provides a safe and healthy environment for unwanted companion animals in its care; places adoptable companion animals in good homes; protects all animals from cruelty and neglect; and reduces the unwanted companion animal population through spay/neuter and educational services in Talbot County, Maryland.

Its compassionate staff and dedicated volunteers are making a difference every day, offering crucial services to the community. Talbot Humane’s adoption program is highly successful, providing low-cost spay/neuter surgery and a food pantry that provides more than 2,500 pounds of pet food annually to residents in need. Its educational programs offer information on a wide variety of animal care topics.

Talbot Humane’s contract to provide animal control services to Talbot County funds only a portion of its operating budget. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, it relies heavily on the support of county residents and other friends year round.

The 7894 Ocean Gateway facility in Easton has expanded over the years to keep up with the needs of a growing animal population in the community. Caring for an average of 1,200 animals each year requires a significant commitment of funds for services and a small staff, even with the outstanding dedication of more than 200 volunteers. Those volunteers and staff bring a wide variety of interests, talents, and skills to Talbot Humane’s efforts. What they all share is extraordinary compassion and commitment to the welfare of the homeless animals in Talbot Humane’s care.

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