March 15, 2011 - On Sunday students at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) raised $3,200 at the first Doggy Dash 5K to benefit the Claiborne Animal Shelter.

Approximately 150 participants and their pets raced in the 5K and enjoyed a doggy talent show, face painting and music on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn. The first place male was Maxwell Freytag of Tazewell. The first place female was Nicole Howe of Knoxville. Awards given during the doggy talent show included “best bark,” “cutest pup,” “best trick,” “best tail wag” and “best spirit.”

A number of student clubs at LMU-DCOM joined forces to host the event. The Student Osteopathic Medical Association, the Student Osteopathic Surgical Association, the Health Equity Club, the Student Association of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the Neuro/Psych Club, the Pediatrics Club and the International Medicine Club all contributed to the event.

The proceeds from the race will benefit the Claiborne Animal Shelter, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building and operating an animal shelter in Claiborne County, Tenn. The shelter is under construction, being built entirely from donations, fundraisers and volunteers. The money raised by the Doggy Dash 5K will fund half of a proposed low-cost spay and neuter clinic planned by the Shelter.

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, e-mail, or visit us online at

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Caption: LMU-DCOM Doggy Dash participants walk with their pets during the 5K event.

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