Dog Lovers Get Ready to Wag ‘n Walk in the Mars Petcare 14th Annual Music City Run

dog on leash with runner

Proceeds will Benefit PEDIGREE Foundation Efforts to End Pet Homelessness

Nashville, TN – October 1, 2020 – This year the Mars Petcare 14th Annual St. Patrick’s Music City Run will be 100% virtual. Dog lovers can participate in the virtual race, originally scheduled around St. Patrick’s Day, by signing up at and then run or walk at their own convenience, distance, and location any time between October 16th through October 25th.

race logoThe event will benefit PEDIGREE Foundation’s disaster relief efforts and annual shelter and rescue grants. PEDIGREE Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit that is dedicated to ending pet homelessness by supporting shelters and rescue organizations throughout the United States with grants. PEDIGREE Foundation receives a portion of every registration and 100% of proceeds from the one-mile wag ‘n walk goes directly to helping homeless dogs in need.

103.3 FM country will help kickoff the event on-air with a Facebook LIVE event on Friday, October 16th at 10:00am CST. Rising country artist Erin Kinsey will sing the National Anthem along with interviews with Race Director, Faye Yates and PEDIGREE Foundation’s Executive Director, Deb Fair.

“Pets bring so many benefits to our lives, and during this time of COVID, it’s more important now than ever.  People everywhere are turning to pets for comfort and support, so by giving a dog a loving home, we are actually doing a favor for ourselves, too,” said Deb Fair, Executive Director of PEDIGREE Foundation.  “This is why we are so excited to partner with Team Magic again on this year’s race to provide funds to help shelters and dogs in need across the country.”

Team Magic took over management and race production of this event in 2015 and the organization is hopeful to continue the St. Patrick’s Music City Run tradition in downtown Nashville again in March of 2021. Virtual runners are encouraged to share their photos, especially running with their dogs, and use the hashtag #MCRun, #Run4Rescue and #DogsRule when sharing online.

To sign up to participate in the Virtual Run visit

About PEDIGREE Foundation
We believe every dog deserves a loving, forever home. PEDIGREE Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to help end pet homelessness. Nearly 3.5 million dogs end up in shelters and rescues every year, and nearly half never find a home. The foundation was established in 2008 by Mars Petcare, maker of PEDIGREE® food for dogs, to help increase dog adoption rates. We’ve awarded more than 5,500 grants and $8 million to U.S. shelters and rescues that help dogs in need. At PEDIGREE Foundation, we’re working toward a day when all dogs are safe, secure, cared for, fed well and loved. See how you can help:

About Mars Petcare
Part of Mars, Incorporated, a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love, the 85,000 Associates across 50+ countries in Mars Petcare are dedicated to one purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™. With 75 years of experience, our portfolio of almost 50 brands serves the health and nutrition needs of the world’s pets – including brands PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, ROYAL CANIN®, NUTRO™, GREENIES™, SHEBA®, CESAR®, IAMS™ and EUKANUBA™ as well as the WALTHAM Petcare Science Institute which has advanced research in the nutrition and health of pets for over 50 years. Mars Petcare is also a leading veterinary health provider through an international network of over 2,000 pet hospitals and diagnostic services including BANFIELD™, BLUEPEARL™, VCA™, Linnaeus, AniCura and Antech. We’re also active in innovation and technology for pets, with WISDOM PANEL™ genetic health screening and DNA testing for dogs, the WHISTLE™ GPS dog tracker, and LEAP VENTURE STUDIO accelerator and COMPANION FUND™ programs that drive innovation and disruption in the pet care industry. As a family business and guided by our principles, we are privileged with the flexibility to fight for what we believe in – and we choose to fight for: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. © 2019 Mars or Affiliates.

About Team Magic
Formed in 1985 in Birmingham, Alabama, with current operations out of Nashville, TN, Team Magic organizes running and triathlon events throughout Tennessee and Alabama as one of the nation’s largest full-service professional multisport event companies. Team Magic works to create a welcoming and rewarding environment for athletes and communities alike, in pursuit of a lasting legacy through which athletes, community partners and charity partners can be engaged and thrive. Over the years, Team Magic has received the honor of hosting championship events for USA Triathlon, including state, regional and national championships, the Olympic Triathlon Team Trials for the Beijing Olympic Games, as well as the Men’s Marathon Olympic Team Trials for the Athens Olympic Games.

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