College of Veterinary Medicine Students Host Race to End Alzheimer’s

The Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) at the College of Veterinary Medicine will be hosting the “Tails and Trails” 5K run and 1-mile fun run on Saturday, Aug. 22 to help raise awareness of and research funds for Alzheimer’s.

The event will be held at Town Creek Park in Auburn, Ala. The 5K run will begin at 7:30 a.m. CST, and the 1-mile fun run for children will begin at 7:40 a.m. CST.

“It’s important for us to show that veterinary medicine is not an island in the medical field, that we can work together with human medicine to make a healthier family lifestyle for everyone and their pets,” said Rachel Maloney, a third-year veterinary student and president of Auburn’s SCAVMA. “We have members in SCAVMA who have had friends and family affected by Alzheimer’s, and at times, veterinarians may have clients who have Alzheimer’s, so it’s important that we all know, and are willing to contribute to a cure.”

Half of the proceeds will go towards the team from Auburn SCAVMA and Omega Tau Sigma, the veterinary fraternity, for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The remaining 50 percent will support future SCAVMA activities, such as the Flu Vaccine Clinic and Health and Wellness Week.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, and will take place on Oct. 25 in Auburn. More information about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s can be found here.

Animal owners are encouraged to bring their dogs, however dogs should be neutered, not in heat, not aggressive, and up-to-date on vaccinations. All dogs should be on leash.

The event will cost $20 for adults before Aug. 17 and $25 after. Children cost $12 to register. A $2.50 registration fee applies to both ages groups. Registration includes the 5K or 1-mile race, a t-shirt, door prizes, and food and drinks.

Registration is online only, and can be done by clicking here.