Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine students to host race to end Alzheimer’s Aug. 22

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The Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, or SCAVMA, at Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine will host 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. 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.

Half of the proceeds will go towards the Auburn SCAVMA team for the Walk to End Alzheimer's, which will take place in October. The remaining 50 percent will support future SCAVMA activities, such as the Flu Vaccine Clinic and Health and Wellness Week.

More information about the Walk to End Alzheimer's in October can be found by clicking 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 a leash.

The event will cost $20 for adults before Aug. 17 and $25 after. Cost for children to register is $12. 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.

For more information and to register online for the Aug. 22 event, go to

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