Boys and Girls Club 5k Going to be a Doggone Good Time

Boys and Girls Club 5k Going to be a  Doggone Good Time

As a non-profit 501(c)(3), the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Texas is used to doing a lot of fundraising. Despite being part of the national organization, they are responsible to raise all of the money for their local clubs. So not only are they particular about what they do, they like to get a little creative.

Rick Troutman of the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Texas knew he wanted to do a different kind of fundraiser for the organization this year. His idea was to do something fun and inclusive for the family—the whole family.

“I knew I wanted to do something that included dogs,” said Troutman. “That’s how we came up with Kids and Tail Waggers.”

Kids and Tailwaggers is a fun run not just for humans, but for dogs, too. The race portion is two fold: first, there is a 5k which will be sanctioned for the serious runners and also open to owners to run with their dogs. The second part of the race is a 1 mile dog walk which will actually be on a different trail. Runners are welcome to do the 5k, the 1 mile walk or both.

“You can even run with your dog on the 5K,” said Troutman. “My vet already said she’s planning to come with her dog.”

After the race is Woofapalooza, a celebration for families and their dogs. They’ll have a trainer demonstrating dog tricks, a costume contest for 12 and under kids and their dogs, bounce houses and much, much more.

“We are currently working on the logistics of a dog cake walk,” said Troutman. “We’ve got a lot of creative ideas floating around here.”

Troutman is also currently looking for sponsors. His criteria is for the business to be either health/running related or dog related. Interested sponsors may email

This will be the first annual Kids and Tail Waggers Race, taking place on Saturday, March 25 from 9am-2pm at Sycamore Bend Park in Hickory Creek. Those who register by March 1 will get a discounted registration rate of $25. Those who register on or before March 11 will get a t-shirt as well. Interested runners and walkers may go to to register.

“We’re hoping that we can do this every year as it benefits the dog community as well as the kids at the Boys and Girls Club,” said Troutman.

The Boys & Girls Club is the oldest after school program in existence today. Started in the 1860s, today there are over 4100 clubs and four in the Lake Cities area alone. Their curriculum, according to Troutman, is a mixture of health, education and character building. The after school program consists of outside exercise with games and a power hour with volunteers/mentors helping the kids with their homework. They also offer various programs for different age groups. More information may be found at

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