United For the Fight 5K

On November 5th, 2020, Margarita & Whiskey combined efforts to complete the United for the Fight 5K hosted by Flex it Pink. We completed this 5K at Atlantic Shore Pines Campground. This event donated a percentage of our race fee to Stand Up To Cancer .

Margarita

Whiskey

Chesapeak DockDogs B.A.A.R.K.toberfest

On October 6, 2020 Margarita and I participated in the Chesapeake DockDogs B.A.A.R.K.toberfest 5K, benefiting the The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation, Inc. The B.A.A.R.K. Foundation is 501(c)3 organization which plays a leading role in making grants that enable and strengthen the DockDogs community when members have fallen on hard times.

We walked this one in the historic town of Medford. Medford’s Main Street had their annual scarecrow contest and it was so fun to look at all the scarecrows along the way!

America Runs 5k

🇺🇸America Runs…Even at a Distance.

Margarita completed the virtual America Runs 5K.

A portion of our race fee was donated back to local communities by supporting COVID-19 recovery efforts through The Gannett Foundation. All funds raised were donated across the United States in the hopes of achieving 1 million dollars raised for COVID-19 recovery efforts.

I no longer watch the timer, and don’t pause the race apps (I use Runkeeper and WoofTrax at the same time) for potty breaks, water breaks, or photo ops.. instead, these days the longer our walks are, the better – and I enjoy every second of every one of our 5Ks!

Puppy Rescue Mission 5K

While the military does not condone befriending animals, dogs and cats alike tend to find their way into the hearts of many, many soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. Rita participated in the Puppy Rescue Mission virtual 5k, which benefited The Puppy Rescue Mission (TPRM).

TPRM assists with requests, logistics, administration and fund-raising for the adopted stray dogs of war, rescued by and bonded with soldiers. This may include vet care, supplies, transport and related issues. TPRM works with or through other organizations that help our soldiers bring their companion animals home from war.

Shanahan Strides

Margarita’s longest challenge yet… 63 miles! Margarita participated in Bishop Shanahan High School ’s “Shanahan Strides” event.

Each mile represents a Bishop Shanahan graduating class. All proceeds were used to provide immediate relief for students who are in need of tuition assistance.

Back to School Streaker

Señorita Margarita proved she is truly Teacher’s Pet as she completed the Back to School Streaker Challenge hosted by Run The Edge .

She walked at least a mile every day in August – for a total of 41.22 miles… what a streak!

September is Back-to-School month for us, but this year, September is also a major milestone for our family.

In March 2019, Margarita was diagnosed with Large B Cell Lymphoma…Stage 4 Substage A. She was a very complex case considering she already had a compromised system due to advanced intestinal and liver disease. We opted to have her go through chemotherapy. Had we not opted for the chemo, we were told Rita had only 1-2 months to live. If she could survive a full round of CHOP-based chemotherapy, Margarita was given 12-18 months to live. (The CHOP-based protocol produces an average disease-free interval {remission} of 9 months, a median survival rate of 12 months, and a 20-25% survival to 2 years). With more roadblocks than most patients prior to even starting chemo, this angel with fur beat most of the odds already by completing a full round of chemo, reaching the remission time of 6 months, 1-year, and now in September….18 months!

We are beyond grateful for every day with this little lady. Margarita will be working towards completing some charity-based virtual 5K’s this fall.

Day of the Dog 5K

Margarita celebrated National Dog Day with her cousin, James, by completing a 5K together!

15% of their registration fee for Day of the Dog 5k was donated to Freedom Service Dogs , who rescue dogs and custom-train them for veterans with PTS, and for people with disabilities like autism, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injuries.

Dog Days of Summer: Hosted by Medal Dash

Another 5K in the books! Margarita completed the Dog Days of Summer hosted by Medal Dash Virtual Runs .

A part of this virtual event took us through E. Earle Jackson Memorial Park.

Within this park is a canoe that is wrapped around a tree. This canoe is from the flood of 2004 … when several dams broke and the lake water was this high running through the town, flooding houses, knocking buildings off foundations, and causing other severe damage.

A portion of all proceeds from this event went to K9s For Warriors , an organization that provides service dogs to military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and more.

Way to go Sweet Reet!

Summer SoleMate 5K

Margarita completed the Summer SoleMate Sunshine Chaser Fun Run hosted by Flex It Pink .

Margarita walked at Strawbridge Lake Park. This 70 acre park was built as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal initiatives and the Works Progress Administration efforts from 1931-1941.  The lake was built by employing local residents during the Great Depression and by securing donations of parcels of land.  The Strawbridge Family donated the largest parcel thereby the name, Strawbridge Lake.

Through our entry fee, a donation was made to Love Water Org . This is a 501c3 organization that exists to provide access to clean water in order to restore health and create opportunity in developing communities.

This medal of Rita’s is my new favorite!

Information about Strawbridge Lake Park obtained from https://www.moorestown.nj.us/335/Parks-Playgrounds

Run for the Dogs 5K

Run for the Dogs was hosted by RunSignup .

During this 5K, our miles were completed (earlier this week before the heat wave hit) at Island Beach State Park in Berkeley Township / Ocean County, NJ… one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier beaches on the north Atlantic coast. It’s one of my favorite places in NJ!

Margarita also loves it here as there are many birds for her to point, and one of the only places where she will go in the water on her own!

For this 5K, a donation was made and split evenly among the following organizations:

The Earth has music for those who listen.
A dose of vitamin sea does the body good!

The Dog Days of Summer 2020 (July)

Margarita was on the move again, completing the July leg of the Dog Days of Summer 5K hosted by j&a racing !

Rita with June and July’s medals (The 3 medals will form a bone!)

This 5K took us on the trails of Camp Ockanickon.

A percentage of our race fee was donated to Virginia Beach SPCA , whose mission is to create a more humane and responsible community by eliminating animal suffering while increasing human compassion.

Here’s hoping every dog finds their forever running/walking partner! 

✌🏼❤️🐾

Margarita was Featured by J&A Racing!

I Run 4 Rescues 5K

Margarita completed the I Run for Rescues 5K, hosted by I Run 4 Movement. Margarita and I walked this 5K during our stay at Normandy Farms Campground.

Part of the proceeds from this race are being donated to Best Friends Animal Society who’s mission is to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters. 

Happy camper at Normandy Farms Campground!


The Dog Days of Summer 2020 (June)

The Dog Days of Summer are here! Margarita is signed up to participate in a 3-part Summer virtual 5k series! The 2020 Dog Days of Summer is hosted by j&a racing . Rita completed the June part of this series on June 27, 2020.

Margarita and I walked around our local golf course and on a trail through the woods to cover our 3.1 miles.

There are 3 medals (June/July/August) that when fitted together will form a dog bone! June’s medal features Retrievers.

A portion of our registration fee each month is donated to the Virginia Beach SPCA , who believes that the animal-human bond creates healthier, happier, more connected communities. VBSPCA delivers their compassion by providing pet adoption and sheltering, low-cost public veterinary clinic services, humane education programs, wildlife triage and canine pet training. ✌🏼❤️🐾

Here’s to hoping that every dog finds their forever running/walking partner! 🐶🏃🏼‍♀️

Best Friends 5K

Margarita completed a virtual 5k for charity! 

The “Best Friends” virtual race was hosted by Gone For a RUN .

A portion of the registration fees for each team was donated to the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, whose mission is to focus on rescuing abused and neglected animals – locally, internationally and throughout the Asian Dog Meat Trade – by rehabilitating them and finding them their forever homes.✌🏼❤️🐾 

Margarita walked this race as she enjoyed beautiful weather and special 1-on-1 time with her Mama! 💖🐶