By Joe Bachman
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — The annual humane society 5K9 Run/Walk is back and better than ever, and continues to grow in popularity.
This year’s South Wood County Humane Society’s 5K9 Walk/Run will kick off on Saturday, May 13 at 9:00 a.m., and will feature a vendor fair, crafts, animal exhibits and much more. Everyone of all ages are welcomed to participate in the run/walk, and that includes dogs, cats, and even those on horseback.
The run/walk route will be approximately 3.2 miles and start at the humane society, run down to the river through Biron Dr. and then back. Bikes are also welcome on the trail. So far over 150 runners and walkers have signed up for the event.
According to SWCHS Executive Director Bridget Chariton, the event continues to grow in size each year, and the hope is that this year will see better weather than the last.
“So far the weather is looking to be pretty good,” said Chariton. “Last year we had every kind of weather — it started off nice, and then it started to rain — and then it started to snow. It was not ideal, but we still had a good turnout.”
After the route completes, many local vendors will be on hand, including sales on perennials, vegetables, herbs, and other plants. Appearances are scheduled by Jam’s Alpaca Ranch, Badger Rescue Animal Transport, Fierce Hearts Wildlife Rehab, as well as an exotic animal display. Lunch from Rocky Rococo’s will also be available.
Specials will be run throughout the day on micro-chipping for only $15, and according to Chariton, if you’re not feeling the itch to run or walk, there are still plenty of reasons to come out and support your local animal shelter.
“It’s a day that we open early — so for folks that can’t get to the shelter from noon to four it’s an opportunity to see what’s at the humane society,” said Chariton. “We’ve made a lot of improvements to our building and to the housing area, specifically for our cats. Regardless if they will be walking or running, 100 percent of the proceeds of any dollar spent at the 5K9 go back to the shelter — it’s just a great opportunity to come out and check out what’s here.”
Registration for the 5K9 is $20, however, if one raises $75 for the shelter, their registration is free and are awarded with a free t-shirt. Raising $200 results in free registration and a free hoodie.
The South Wood County Humane Society is located at 3621 64th St. North in Wisconsin Rapids. For more information, please call 715-423-0505.