Mars Petcare sponsored the 13th Annual Event to benefit PEDIGREE Foundation that helps find loving homes for dogs in need


Mars Petcare hosted the 13th Annual St. Patrick’s Music City Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Lucky Dog 1-Mile “Wag ‘n’ Walk” on Saturday, March 16th at Nissan Stadium.

More than 1,200 registered for the run while 93 walked their dogs in the Lucky Dog 1-mile “Wag ‘n’ Walk” to benefit the PEDIGREE Foundation. The course took runners along the banks of the winding Cumberland River that flows through and around downtown Nashville. Super Bowl Champion and College Football Analyst Kevin Carter served as the Grand Marshal for the event and rising country artist Jillian Cardarelli sang the National Anthem. The race began with Josh Culley playing the bag pipes and dancers from the Southern Academy of Irish Dance who performed traditional Irish dances throughout the morning.

The event raised more than $25,000 to benefit the PEDIGREE Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit that is dedicated to helping dogs in need find loving homes by supporting shelters and rescue organizations throughout the United States with grants.

“The funds raised during this event will go towards our 2019 Grant programs to help more dogs find their forever homes and help end pet homelessness,” said Deb Fair, Executive Director of PEDIGREE Foundation. “Last year, we awarded $615,000 to 250 shelters and rescues across the country and these funds will help us increase our grant funding in 2019.”

Team Magic took over management and race production of this event in 2015 and the organization plans to continue this downtown Nashville tradition while supporting a worthwhile charity partner like PEDIGREE Foundation.