Central New York, Sports

Running with Paws, For a Cause

NCC News Reporter Tyler Cass at the Six Legged 5K

By Tyler Cass Liverpool, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) –¬†In 2009, the central New York SPCA was nearly bankrupt and in danger of closing their doors. Fleet Feet Sports sought to save the shelter and came up with an idea: a race.

The Six Legged 5K is now in it’s seventh year in CNY, and has raised around $50,000 for the shelter to date. ¬†This year was one of the largest, with over 300 participants.

“We organized this race to raise money…now its just a great opportunity for the community to come out and enjoy a morning of running and walking with their dogs” says Rachel Vaughn, race director. “It’s been successful on all fronts.”

The shelter remains open and is thriving to this day. Having something bigger to run for makes the race more worthwhile for its participants. Tara Wise was running for her second year in a row with her Golden Retriever, Bruce.

“It’s meaningful, absolutely. Helping out shelter dogs, encouraging spaying and neutering, and encouraging adopting.”

The race featured solo runners, strollers, and people running or walking with one or more dogs. It’s a five kilometer loop around Onondaga Lake State Park The event was un-timed, with most finishing in anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour.

“It’s a fun run. The Prize is to finish with your dog, and have a good morning,” says Vaughn.

The event raised nearly $12,000 and organizers an participants alike are already looking forward to next year.