Canine 4K this Saturday |

Canine 4K this Saturday


FRISCO – The dog days of summer are upon Frisco.On Saturday morning, downtown will be literally overrun by hundreds of pooches and their owners during the 14th annual Canine 4K, a fundraiser for the League for Animals and People of the Summit (LAPS).”I’ve done the race since the beginning,” said LAPS’ newest board member Susan O’Brien. “On the first one, I was in between dogs at the time, so I volunteered. Now I’m on the board, and I’m helping put it all together.”Human-canine duos will compete against each other and the clock in a loop around the town to win prizes for the top male and female finishers in the running and walking categories. Top age-group finishers will also receive awards.Last year, about 150 teams from across the state participated.

“I would love to encourage all ages, young and old, and all kinds of dogs, fast or slow,” O’Brien said. “We want second homeowners and visitors to be part of the event, too.”After the race, event organizers will award prizes for the best canine singer, best dog trick, best dog dancing, best owner-pet resemblance and the biggest, smallest and oldest dogs. The event is LAPS’ largest fundraiser of the year. The organization helps fund pet sterilization procedures at Summit County Animal Shelter and provides money for animal emergency medical assistance for low-income pet owners.”Each of the LAPS board members takes time looking over the applications (for assistance),” O’Brien said. “When it was my turn to help give out the money, I saw how great the need is and how important these fundraisers are.”We’re dealing with real people and their animals. It can be heartbreaking reading people’s stories about the pets they love getting sick,” O’Brien added.

Those interested in volunteering at the event can sign up by calling (970) 468-6062.Canine 4K rules– Participants may compete with one or two dogs. Participants without dogs are welcome but will not be timed.– All dogs must be on leashes no longer than 6 feet.

— All dogs must have proof of current rabies vaccination. Owners must bring copies of records to registration, and dogs must have current tags.– Do not bring female dogs in heat, dogs younger than 6 months old or dogs whose behavior is dangerous to others.– Clean up all dog waste.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 x203 or

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