Eight-mile race-within-a-race in honor of Dozer the Dog
A new feature of the Maryland Half Marathon on May 6, 2012, will be Dozer’s Dash, an eight-mile race-within-a-race named in honor of Dozer the Dog, a goldendoodle who made worldwide news after accidentally joining the runners at mile five in the 2011 Maryland Half Marathon and ended up raising $25,000 for cancer research.
“Dozer’s Dash is a fun new element we decided to inject into this year’s race to keep things fresh and interesting for runners, while paying tribute to Dozer at the same time,” said Jon Sevel, race co-chairman. All runners in the half marathon will automatically have a split time calculated to determine the lowest times in the Dozer’s Dash leg of the 2012 Maryland Half Marathon. The male and female with the lowest times will be awarded medals of honor and be named Top Dog in the Dozer’s Dash leg of the race. Participation in Dozer’s Dash is included as part of the registration fee. Runners will not be able to sign up only for Dozer’s Dash.
A fundraising page was created in celebration of Dozer’s accomplishment following the 2011 race and has since raised $25,000 for the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. “When Dozer surprised runners last year at mile five and finished the race, muddy paws and all, we never could have imagined that almost one year later he would have touched so many hearts and raised so much money for the Greenebaum Cancer Center,” said Michael Greenebaum, race co-chairman.
Videos of Dozer on YouTube have received a half million views and more than 700 people from 43 states, plus the District of Columbia, the U.K. and Canada, are among those who donated to Dozer’s running page in 2011. Many of the donations are for $5, $10, or $20, contributed by runners, dog lovers and people whose lives have beentouched by cancer, and accompanied byheartfelt comments to Dozer. The online community has embraced him, including more than 16,000 fans on his Facebook page. According to Greenebaum, one woman said she hadplaced Dozer's photo in her office to inspire her "to seize the moment and try to do something great every day. She calls this reminder her Daily Dozer." Dozer has already started fundraising for the 2012 race and has raised almost $1,000 thus far.
This will be the fourth annual Maryland Half Marathon to benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. In addition to Dozer’s Dash, this year’s event also will feature a Kids Fun Run and Kids Zone as well as post-race festival. The half marathon starts at 8 a.m., and the Kids Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $75 for the half marathon and $15 for the Kids Run. The Kids Zone, which is sponsored by PNC, is free.
Michael Greenebaum and Jon Sevel started the Maryland Half Marathon in 2009, combining their passion for running with a desire to help the cancer center, which is named for Greenebaum’s parents.
The Greenebaum Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, is ranked in the nation’s top 25 cancer centers by U.S. News and World Report. The cancer center offers a multidisciplinary approach to treating all types of cancer and has an active cancer research program.
For more information about the Maryland Half Marathon, visit www.mdhalfmarathon.com. To learn more about the Greenebaum Cancer Center, go to www.umgcc.org. To visit Dozer the Dog’s running page, go to http://www.ummsfoundation.org/dozer or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/dozerthedogfanpage.