Mark Your Territory: Muddy Mississippi Mutt March Aims To Set Record

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Leash the beast and make your mark: bring your dogs and run, walk, jog, or otherwise move your groove at the Muddy Mississippi Mutt March! Proceeds benefit Midwest Pets For Life, a 501(c) (3) Animal Welfare non-profit.

Midwest Pets For Life announces the Muddy Mississippi Mutt March, to take place on Saturday, September 30, 2017. The 1.6-mile dog-and-human march will begin at 11:00AM in Clinton, Iowa, and cross the Highway 136 Bridge spanning the Mississippi River and ending in Fulton, Illinois. At 11:00AM, the bridge will be closed to motor vehicles and other traffic. The bridge will re-open after the last event participant has crossed. The main bridge span will not be open to spectators. Spectators are encouraged to cheer on all participants from a footpath that runs along the north side of the bridge. Leashes are required. Parking is available at Main Avenue and Harding Street in Clinton; shuttles will transport participants, including dogs, to the starting line. Festivities are available for the family in Fulton beginning at 9:00AM.

The starting line is located at Main Avenue and 2nd Street in the Historic Lyons District in Clinton. The March will begin at 11:00AM and proceed south on 2nd Street to 19th Avenue North, turning left to cross the Mississippi via the Highway 136 Bridge and continuing East into Fulton, Illinois. Once in Fulton, participants will head North on 4th Street, marching through Downtown Fulton to 9th Avenue, where they will turn left and proceed to 1st Street. The finish line awaits at the landmark “De Immigrant” windmill. Dogs and humans are encouraged to bring their Alpha game to the March: costumes and floats are encouraged, and cash prizes will be awarded for best entries in categories such as Red-Carpet-Ready, Funniest, Doggie/Kid Costume, Best Slogan, and more.

All participants are invited to enjoy the festivities at the finish line in Fulton, IL, including the Doggone Fall Festival sponsored by the Fulton Chamber of Commerce. Attractions are available beginning at 9:00AM and will include food vendors, Agility Course Demonstration, First Aid Tent, dog-related merchandise, a free-acts tent, microchip clinic, uni-cyclist and balloon animals, children’s games, and more. Post-March events include the awards presentation and announcement of costume contest winners.

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