18th Annual Jack Russell Races To Be Held on October 20, 2013 in Dog-Friendly St. Michaels, Maryland

The 18th Annual Jack Russell Races may not be as fancy as the Royal Ascot or the Preakness, but this casual event held on the grounds of the Inn at Perry Cabin will feature Jack Russell Terriers showing off their athletic and social natures in a series of races.

The course runs the length of the Inn’s front lawn, and — while many of the participants take their races seriously — some just like to play, roll in the grass, and talk to their fellow racers. Race heats are divided by size in Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Jack Russells also invite other of their canine friends to compete — there will be a Dachshund Dash and a “So you always wanted to be a Jack Russell” race that is open to all breeds.

Humans do not need to have a dog in the race to enjoy the morning with their friends and neighbors. Donuts, coffee, Mimosas, and Bloody Marys will be available for purchase. There will be a raffle with several prizes for great dining experiences in the area.

All proceeds from the raffle, race registrations, parking, and food sales will be donated to the St. Michaels Food Bank, which serves the Bay Hundred region, and to Pet Pantries, which supports the pet food pantries in Talbot, Dorchester, and Caroline Counties.

Registration begins at 9 AM; post time for the first race is 11 AM. There is no fee to enjoy the races. There will be trackside play-by-play and analysis for each race; free parking is available on Route 33 and parking on the Perry Cabin lawn is available for $5 per car; and great memories are complimentary.

Racegoers are invited to bring the family for a fun weekend in St. Michaels, a quaint and historic waterfront town on the Chesapeake Bay that offers plenty of activities for everyone. Find pet-friendly hotels and inns at stmichaelsmd.org. For more information about the races contact Flying Fred’s Pet Boutique at (410) 745-9601 or info@flyingfreds.com.