Cavs’ Moondog First Professional Mascot to Compete In Half Marathon Event Sunday, September 11th

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CLEVELAND, September 7th - Moondog, the Cavs’ loyal and tireless mascot, in training for the upcoming NBA season, is about to find out just what kind of game-shape he’s in. On Sunday, September 11th the dog will participate in Dick’s Sporting Goods Half Marathon Inline Skate. This will be the first time a professional mascot has participated in a half marathon event. Wearing #1, Moondog will be at the starting line for the 7:50 a.m. shotgun start at Wallace Lake in Berea.

All part of the 6th Annual Cleveland Clinic Sports Health River Run Half Marathon, this Moondog’ first is not an unusual athletic attempt from the innovative canine. Like his namesake (Cleveland Radio DJ Alan Freed), Moondog is pushing the limits of his profession. Mascots are often used as the official starters for races and walks, but are never seen crossing the finish line.

The inline skate is limited to 250 registered inline skaters from Wallace Lake in Berea, north to Memorial Fields in Rocky River. The race will use ChampionChip Timing, in which participants will attach chips to their skate boots that judge official time. To register and for more information, visit www.hermescleveland.com.

The Cleveland Clinic Sports Health River Run Half Marathon is sponsored by Dick’s Sporting Goods. Proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.