The annual Main Street Mile fundraiser benefits the Newark Police K-9 Unit, as well as the Downtown Newark Partnership.

Main Street Mile

Oct. 6 fundraiser to support Newark K-9 unit, Downtown Newark Partnership

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5:51 p.m., Sept. 28, 2012--Hundreds of runners and walkers are expected to participate in the sixth annual Main Street Mile fundraiser, scheduled at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6. The event supports the Newark Police K-9 Unit and the Downtown Newark Partnership.

The race begins at 8 a.m. at the McDonald's traffic circle on East Main Street and finishes minutes later at the Deer Park Tavern on West Main Street. Immediately after the run, participants are treated to a brunch hosted by the Deer Park Tavern. 

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To register for the Main Street Mile, visit www.mainstmile.com. Preregistration is $18 through Sept. 29, and registration after Sept. 29 is $22. Day of race registration will be held from 7-7:45 a.m., Oct. 6, at Fusion Fitness in Market East Plaza.  

The annual fundraiser is an important source of funding for the Newark K-9 Unit. The cost of the K-9 unit can total thousands of dollars, including the cost of training, food and incidentals. Newark first K-9, Paco, was retired last September due to a health issue, and funds raised from the Main Street Mile helped purchase, train and set up a kennel for his replacement. 

The Main Street Mile is sponsored by the Downtown Newark Partnership, Newark Police Department, Fusion Fitness Center, Rittenhouse Station, Deer Park Tavern and New Balance. 

For more information, visit www.mainstmile.com

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