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Bush Intercontinental is Going to the Dogs for a Good Cause

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It’s a sight unfamiliar to most airport passengers, at least for those who don’t regularly travel through Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Those who do might remember landing or departing from the airport to a very extraordinary sight: hundreds of dogs and their owners literally running, strutting or walking on the airfield.

You see, the Houston Airport System’s IAH is the only airport in the United States, and quite possibly the world, that allows animals of any breed and their owners to roam one day a year to help homeless animals. While it might seem a bit unusual, this highly secure event is all for a good cause: the 2011 Mutt Strut and Runway Race which raises proceeds for the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

“This is probably our most anticipated event every year. Not only by the people who come out with their dogs every year to participate, but also by our travelers who might have caught a glimpse of the Mutt Strut and Runway Race at one point or another during their travels through IAH,” says Mary Case, General Manager of Bush Intercontinental. “It’s also a favorite among our staff and volunteers. Where else do you get the opportunity to run, walk or strut inside of an active airfield with airplanes landing and taking off right there? And the fact that it is for such a great cause is really the silver lining for all of us.”

This year, the 4th annual, 2011 Mutt Strut and Runway Race will take place Saturday, March 5, 2011, from 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The event will include a competitive 5K (3.1 mile) run, a “Strut for Mutts” non-competitive walk/run, and the “What a Mutt” dog personality contest, and food, fun and entertainment for the entire family.

Tickets are $10 through the Houston SPCA. Day of event registration is $25.

All participating dogs must be on a 6-foot or shorter non-retractable leash for the 2011 Mutt Strut and
Runway Race.

Directions to the Houston SPCA Mutt Strut & Runway Race

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is located 23 miles north of downtown Houston. Convenient access to the airport is provided by Interstate 45, U.S. Highway 59, the Hardy Toll Road, and the Sam Houston Toll Road (Beltway 8). There are two main entrances to the airport terminal complex from John F. Kennedy Boulevard from the Sam Houston Toll Road (Beltway 8) and Will Clayton Parkway from U.S. Highway 59.

For precise directions from your location to the Mutt Strut & Runway Race, use the address as 4500 Will Clayton Blvd. Houston, Texas 77032, for any online mapping options.

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