Honorary Chair
Whitney Richman



Meet Whitney!

Virginia’s Elite 24 Hour Runner Whitney Richman is Honorary Chair

of 3rd Annual Give a Dog a Job’ 5k Run/Walk

      benefiting Canine Companions

Saturday, September 18, 9am – Main Line Brewery, Richmond


She’s one of the world’s elite ultra 24 hour runners, but Whitney Richman says her success in the field of long-distance running has strengthened her compassion for people with disabilities.  “While I'm a mother of two healthy children, I have worked with people with disabilities for 20 years as a Special Education Teacher and Behavior Analyst. Anything I can do to support an organization like Canine Companions, that serves adults, children, and veterans with disabilities, I’m so honored to help.”


Earlier this year, Richman qualified to represent the United States at the 2021 IAU 24 Hour World Championship Oct. 2-3 in Timisoara.


Event organizer Jackie McCool says the Old Dominion Chapter is excited for Whitney to join the Paw-ty and our mission of placing highly trained service dogs free of charge to those in need. Whitney knows firsthand that a Special Education Teacher and Behavior Analyst serving children and adults with disabilities is important work.


The 5k event is for all ages and all athletic abilities and is a great way for Richmond-area residents to come out and support this amazing service dog organization, and have a lot of fun at the same time!”

When you register for our 5K run/walk race, you’re signing up for much more than just a spirited event.  You will be running and walking with your furry friends to support a great cause.  You’ll be joining the Old Dominion Volunteer Chapter puppy raisers and service dog teams to put more highly trained service dogs into the hands of adults, children, and veterans who need them!  100% of race proceeds go directly to Canine Companions. 

Did you know?

A fully trained Canine Companions service dog is valued in excess of $50,000, but thanks to donations like yours, our dogs are given FREE of charge to the people who need them!

Each Canine Companions service dog is specially matched with a person with a disability. The connection and bond that the team has is incredible! These dogs not only open doors, pick up dropped items, and turn on light switches, they provide greater independence and an amazing lifetime partnership.

About Canine Companions:  Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of trained service dogs with six regional training centers across the country, including CA, FL, OH, NY and TX, and has placed over 7,000 service dogs.   Established in 1975, Canine Companions provides highly trained service dogs to adults, children, and veterans with disabilities and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between people and dogs.  There is no charge for the dog, its training or ongoing follow-up services.  For more information, visit www.canine.org or call 1-800-572-BARK.

We Could Not Do The 5K Without The Support of Sponsors!

We would like to thank the following supporters, sponsors and donors:  Main Line Brewery, NBC12-WBBT, McGeorge Toyota, Nissly Lawlor Group, Inc., Karen Michael Consulting, small BIG Dog Natural Pet Products, Virginia Family Dentistry, Jay Proffitt Creative Media, Dog Lovers Obedience School, All Fur Love Bakery, Pretties + Papers, Off Leash K9 Training LLC, Lucky Road Run Shop, Sneeds Nursery, C&F Bank, Yard Works.