Local 5K a tail-wagging success

| 15 Jul 2015 | 02:51

To the Editor:
The Paws for a Cause 5K took place on Sunday, July 12, at Firefly Park. All proceeds were donated to the Pike County Humane Society. Runners and walkers alike participated.

Mike Bell snagged first place, with Vincent Schlenker taking a close second. Chris Rhoades won third.

Schlenker said he would definitely run in a race like this again because it was for a good cause and it was good competitive training.

The course looped around various parts of Matamoras, starting and ending near the Dog Park, clocking in at about three miles total.

Dogs from the Humane Society tagged along with hopes of being adopted. Dogs from terriers to mutts were present. Some participated in the race with walkers and others socialized with the audience. In addition, participants were encouraged to bring their own furry friends along.

The Paws for a Cause was ultimately a success. It raised the much-needed money to keep the Pike County Humane Society up and running.

I don't feel bad about spending my parent's money because I know it's going toward something, said participant Vanessa Paolella.

The race was created by Lexi Fean. It was organized and enjoyable for the competitors and the audience. It encouraged a fun way to exercise, and on top of that, it was for a good cause.

So, a well deserved �bow wow� goes to the Pike County Humane Society staff, everyone who organized the race, the participants and, of course, the dogs. Hopefully there will be more charitable races such as this one in the future!

Sabrina Schlenker