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Mars Petcare 14th Annual St. Patrick’s Music City Run To Go Virtual this October

Dog Lovers Can Sign Up for Virtual Run with Proceeds to Benefit PEDIGREE Foundation’s Disaster Relief Efforts & Annual Grants

Nashville, TN – July 30, 2020 - The Mars Petcare 14th Annual St. Patrick’s Music City Run that had been rescheduled for Saturday, October 17th at Nissan Stadium will now go 100% Virtual.  Dog lovers can participate in the virtual race by signing up at and then running at their own convenience, distance and location any time between October 16th through October 25th.  The event will benefit PEDIGREE Foundation’s disaster relief efforts and annual shelter and rescue grants. PEDIGREE Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit that is dedicated to ending pet homelessness by supporting shelters and rescue organizations throughout the United States with grants.

October is Dog Adoption Awareness month and to raise awareness and support of the work that shelters and rescues do across the country, PEDIGREE Foundation is asking local runners to go online to register for the Virtual Run to help support the cause. 

“We’d love to have the community support this Virtual Run to help dogs in need across the country,” said Deb Fair, Executive Director of PEDIGREE Foundation. “Now more than ever, shelters are in need of support due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Running virtually in this race is one way we can all work together to raise additional funds to get more dogs adopted.”

Team Magic took over management and race production of this event in 2015 and the organization is hopeful to continue the St. Patrick’s Music City Run tradition in downtown Nashville again in March of 2021. 

“We are going green this October! We were thrilled with the registration numbers for our St. Patrick’s race and we expect the same kind of support for this Virtual Run,” said Faye Yates, Owner/Director of Team Magic. “We are also excited to have Fleet Feet Nashville as our partner in the event as our host of shirt and medal pick up, as well as special prizes for our virtual runners.”

Virtual runners are encouraged to share their photos, especially running with their dogs, and use the hashtag #MCRun when sharing online. 

To sign up to participate in the Virtual Run visit

About PEDIGREE Foundation

We believe every dog deserves a loving, forever home. PEDIGREE Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to help end pet homelessness. Nearly 3.5 million dogs end up in shelters and rescues every year, and nearly half never find a home. The foundation was established in 2008 by Mars Petcare, maker of PEDIGREE® food for dogs, to help increase dog adoption rates. We’ve awarded more than 5,500 grants and $8 million to U.S. shelters and rescues that help dogs in need. At PEDIGREE Foundation, we’re working toward a day when all dogs are safe, secure, cared for, fed well and loved. See how you can help:

About Mars Petcare

Part of Mars, Incorporated, a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love, the 85,000 Associates across 50+ countries in Mars Petcare are dedicated to one purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™. With 75 years of experience, our portfolio of almost 50 brands serves the health and nutrition needs of the world’s pets – including brands PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, ROYAL CANIN®, NUTRO, GREENIES, SHEBA®, CESAR®, IAMS and EUKANUBA as well as the WALTHAM Petcare Science Institute which has advanced research in the nutrition and health of pets for over 50 years. Mars Petcare is also a leading veterinary health provider through an international network of over 2,000 pet hospitals and diagnostic services including BANFIELD, BLUEPEARL, VCA, Linnaeus, AniCura and Antech. We’re also active in innovation and technology for pets, with WISDOM PANEL genetic health screening and DNA testing for dogs, the WHISTLE GPS dog tracker, and LEAP VENTURE STUDIO accelerator and COMPANION FUND programs that drive innovation and disruption in the pet care industry. As a family business and guided by our principles, we are privileged with the flexibility to fight for what we believe in – and we choose to fight for: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.

© 2019 Mars or Affiliates.

About Team Magic

Formed in 1985 in Birmingham, Alabama, with current operations out of Nashville, TN, Team Magic organizes running and triathlon events throughout Tennessee and Alabama as one of the nation’s largest full-service professional multisport event companies. Team Magic works to create a welcoming and rewarding environment for athletes and communities alike, in pursuit of a lasting legacy through which athletes, community partners and charity partners can be engaged and thrive. Over the years, Team Magic has received the honor of hosting championship events for USA Triathlon, including state, regional and national championships, the Olympic Triathlon Team Trials for the Beijing Olympic Games, as well as the Men’s Marathon Olympic Team Trials for the Athens Olympic Games.

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Media Contacts:

Tresa Halbrooks, LEGACY PR

615-669-6058 |

Shay Begani, Mars Petcare

615-268-4378 |

Faye Yates, Team Magic

615-415-3520 |

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