Indianapolis’ biggest event for dog lovers – the Mutt Strut – is Sunday at Garfield Park, where more than 6,000 dogs are expected to hit the ground running at 10:30 a.m., with walk from noon-3 p.m.
The event has typically been held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but with construction taking place the decision was made to find a different location for at least this year. As for whether the park will host the Mutt Strut in the future remains to be seen as a venue for 2017 has not been determined.
“The neighborhood is really excited to have us," said Kristin Conrad, manager of marketing and communications for the Humane Society of Indianapolis. “We're really excited to be there because all the greenspace for the dogs will be so nice. It’s a beautiful park."
“All the feedback from our patrons has been really positive,” Conrad said. “Lots for dogs to sniff and just a really nice space for it.”
There will be a beer garden and music at the McAllister Center for the Performing Arts and pet health programs. A kids zone, food trucks, vendors and a lure course will also be part of the festivities. There wasn’t enough space at the IMS for the course, which allows dogs chase a lure for $10. Info: www.indymuttstrut.org.
Senior citizens can register for the Mutt Strut for $5. Adults 16-59 can register for $40, with all proceeds benefiting the society.
“I think it's going to be a really interesting year at the new location,” Conrad said.