The 16th annual Humane Race is set for next Saturday with a new home.

The race, which is a fundraiser for the Berkshire Humane Society, will take place on April 28 at Colegrove Park, 24 Church Street, in North Adams. Check in and registration will go from 9:00-9:45 a.m. with the rack kicking off at 10 a.m.

"After many wonderful years in Williamstown, this year’s event will take place in the city of North Adams. In addition to a change of scenery for our returning runners, we’re happy to support this culturally-vibrant community. They have been a wonderful partner in multiple vaccine and spay/neuter clinics. We are excited for this new partnership," says race officials.

The Humane Race is a timed 5K timed run and also a one-mile fun walk, which participants are welcome to walk with their pets. Berkshire Running Center will be there to time the race.

Annually, the Humane Race is the Berkshire Humane Society's largest fundraiser held in Northern Berkshire County. Last year's event raised over $14,000 for the shelter. The goal for this year is $20,000.

One of the great things about the event is that kids can get involved in a big way.

"Students of all ages get involved, baking dog biscuits, collecting pledges, and volunteering on race day. Helping animals is a natural for kids, and the homeless animals of Berkshire County certainly shout out their thanks with big, wet kisses and lots of exuberant tail wagging," says the event's website.

The cost to participate is $25 for adults who pre-register by April 27 at noon, $30 on race day. Kids 12 and under can sign up for $20. For more information, or to get signed up, you can check out the Humane Race's registration page. 

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