This past Sunday was my second year participating in the PAWS Run For Their Lives event, which includes both an 8K run and a 4K walk.
Animal shelters are a cause that I support from the bottom of my heart, so this event is a must-do for me. Last year I did the 8K run and absolutely loved the festivities. This year I opted to do the 4K walk instead since I had a half marathon the day before. Pets are not allowed to participate in the 8K run for safety reasons, but they are plentiful in the 4K walk. It was so heartwarming to be surrounding by all of their wriggling energy every step of the way.
Adam was planning to attend the 4K walk with me. Unfortunately he wasn't feeling well the morning of, so I went by myself. I found parking quickly and zipped through packet pickup. I stopped by the fundraising booth to make an extra donation to PAWS Chicago. Then came the fun part - the dog-watching!
|A dog demonstrating its mad hops with a frisbee-catching, leaping over crouched-humans stunt.|
|Dogs running in circles around their owners|
|Dogs awaiting the start of the 4K walk and getting to know each other.|
After meandering around a bit to see the various pets, I went to watch the start of the 8K race. Here is a picture at the starting airhorn:
|And they're off!!!|
|Me at the 4K start|
Here are some pictures from the 4K walk:
|And they're off!!!|
|Enjoying the lakefront bluff mid-walk.|
|More lakefront bluff enjoyment.|
|Taking a break to enjoy the shade and some belly rubs.|
|I noticed that there were many Hawks fans at the event basking in the glory of the previous night's victory! ;-)|
|Even on a sunny summer day in Chicago, it's never too warm to wear your matching Hawks jerseys.|
After completing the 4K walk, I headed over to the post race party. It was fantastic. There was so much energy and so much mutual affection for all the animals. In addition to plenty of pet-friendly booths and activities, there was an incredible selection of refreshments including pizza, cake, burritos, ice tea, and champagne, just to name a few. I heard later that over 5,000 humans and over 2,500 pets participated in the festivities, which is amazing.
|Me with a PAWS mascot at the post-race party|
I can't wait to do it again next year!