Attention, dog lovers, cat lovers and runners: the first Muttsquerade 5K and one-mile dog walk is coming up on Saturday, June 7. The race starts at Anchor Park (323 Gleason St., Delray Beach) and benefits the Florida Humane Society.

True to the event name, participants are encouraged to dress up for the Muttsquerade in masks and costumes. The run/walk will be followed by an after-party, presented by Dos Equis, beginning 11 a.m. at Deck84 (840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach). Those 21 years old and older can present their race bibs to receive one free beer.

The timed 5k costs $30 and begins at 7:15 a.m. The one-mile walk, which costs $20, begins five minutes after the race and is described as noncompetitive.

You can bring much-needed items to donate to the Florida Humane Society. Muttsquerade event organizers will have a donation drive station during the 5K, for: Clorox bleach, laundry detergent, canned pedigree puppy and adult food (preferred ground type), canned cat food ground, paper towels, trash bags, towels and dog biscuits for small to large dogs.

Be sure to dress lightly, especially if you're wearing a costume. Even an early start in June means summer heat. Stay tuned for a local expert’s advice on staying hydrated in the summer sun. We’ll be covering hydration in the July-August Boca Raton magazine.

For more information, please call 561/405-5584 or email EKeventFL@gmail.com. You can also go to http://www.ekevent.com/, where you’ll find a link to sign up for the race.

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