26th annual League for Animals & People of the Summit Saturday in Frisco
IF YOU GO
What: League for Animals & People of the Summit’s Canine 4K
When: Saturday, Aug. 6; Registration runs from 8-9 a.m.; race starts at 9:15 a.m.; Dog contests after the race; silent auction open all morning
Where: 2nd & Main streets in Frisco
Registration: $25 per first dog and $15 per additional dogs (so the whole family can come) until Aug. 5 then $30/$15 on event day. Pay online until Aug. 5 at summitlaps.com or download a registration form and mail in by July 30. Cash/Check/Credit accepted at event.
All proceeds benefit LAPS programs for financial aid to lower income local families and their pets for spay/neuter and medical/surgical vet bills.
League for Animals & People of the Summit (LAPS) will host its 26th annual Canine 4K walk/run in Frisco Saturday, Aug. 6. Its biggest fundraiser of the year, the Canine 4K walk/run will also include live music, contests, pet vendors and a silent auction.
The race begins at 9:15 a.m. at the gazebo on 2nd and Main streets, circles the town and finishes in the same spot. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in age/gender/walk/run categories. There will be free Abbey’s coffee, bananas and donuts all morning.
Around 150 dogs plus even more of their humans participate in the LAPS event. A dog agility course will be set up on-site for anyone to try.
A silent auction will be open all morning, with items including gift certificates to restaurants and for chiropractic, nail and salon services as well as Frisco tubing, rec center and movie passes and puppy preschool.
“We have an awfully good silent auction this year,” said Sally Beerup, president of LAPS. “We tried to concentrate on getting more gift certificates to restaurants this year rather than items, so we probably have over 50 or 60 restaurant certificates.”
There will also be a buy-now option in the silent auction, giving participants the option to purchase items for 10 percent over retail rather than going through the bidding process.
On-site will also be a flea market, with pet items such as coats, toys, treats and beds available for purchase, donated by local businesses. New this year, the event will accept credit cards for registration and silent auction purchases, although Beerup suggests bringing cash for smaller flea market items.
All proceeds benefit LAPS programs for financial aid to lower income local families and their pets for spay/neuter and medical/surgical vet bills. LAPS subsidizes the spay/neuter program for the Animal Shelter and gives discount coupons for spay/neuter to any income level family who lives or works in Summit County. LAPS is an all-volunteer nonprofit that gives back almost 100 percent of annual proceeds to the community and donations are tax deductible.
Last year, the event raised around $15,500 for LAPS. Beerup expects the event to earn even more this year, as donations for silent auction items were higher. Some of the gift certificates were upped from the traditional $25-$50 to around $100, Beerup said.
“They were generous beyond this year,” she said.
Returning for the second year in a row, local musician Randall McKinnon will provide live music throughout the day. A Mountain Mutt Contest follows the race, with prizes for oldest/youngest dog, biggest/smallest dog, best dressed and best singer, best dancer, pet/owner lookalike and best Heinz 57.
Online registration with credit card will continue until Friday, Aug. 5 at 9 p.m., with first-dog registration at $25 and additional dogs at $15. Day-of registration is $30 for the first dog, $15 for additional dogs. Each first-dog paid registration receives a custom designed T-shirt and dog goodie bag. Additional dogs do not receive a T-shirt, but they can be purchased on-site for $10.
Pay online summitlaps.com or download a registration form and mail in by July 30. Cash/check/credit accepted at event.
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