Jun 5, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff WriterA 5K race for Riverton residents and their pets is held June 9 to raise money for the Critical Care Companion Animal Fund, which assists families who are financially unable to care for their pets.
Brandi Waheed, Stock Doc veterinarian and organizer, explained it is difficult to tell the family nothing can be done with a pet when insurance is not widely known or used,
"Medicine, supplies, and diagnostics are expensive, but we want everyone to feel like they can do the best for their pets," Waheed said. "We are trying to incorporate a lot of educational demos for the health of pets to showcase at the race," Waheed said.
Waheed originally got the idea to have a race in Riverton after participating in one during her time at veterinary school.
"The race was a lot of fun, and I thought it was something we could do here in Riverton," Waheed said.
The race starts at 9 a.m. at in the main Central Wyoming College parking lot on North Hill Street. The route runs east on Morfeld Drive, where it will go directly to the hospital and Sunset Drive. Racers will head south on Major Avenue by Riverton Middle School and then go west on West Main Street.
There is no age limit, and children ages 12 and under may participate for free. A 1K race is planned for that age group.
Waheed says she is looking forward to participants enjoy themselves with their loved ones and furry friends.
"I love going places with my dog, and at this event pets are the main guests," Waheed said. "I just want to see people having fun, helping a great cause, and getting in shape."
Anyone interested in registering for the race can pick up a form at the Stock Doc, Big R, Outsportin', Bighorn Co-op, or Gannett Peak Sports.
Registration fee is $25 a person for pre-registration and $30 a person on race day. The fee covers participation in the race and a T-shirt.
Waheed received donations from Smith's, Safeway, Daylight Donuts, and Holiday Inn, so fruit, yogurt, pastries, drinks, hamburgers, hot dogs, and chips will be available at the race.
Prizes will be awarded to the male and female racers with the fastest time. Winners have the choice of a weekend trip to Victor, Idaho, with ski tickets for four, or a weekend trip to Dubois with a house by the river and four tickets to the Dubois Night Rodeo.
Pets must be on a leash, under owner's control, and up to date on vaccinations.
For more information contact Waheed at 856-7764.
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