While some may have taken advantage of sleeping in a little later on Labor Day, others leashed up their canine friends and joined in the fifth annual Labor Day community run/walk/doggie dash Monday morning to help benefit the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter.
Ramon Martinez, event coordinator, said 75 runners/walkers and 15 dogs participated in the trek after donating either specified items for PALS or making monetary contributions. The event raised $139 for the shelter as well as a truckload of supplies.
Runners and walkers started at 13th and Broadway and traveled east toward the walking trail. They then circled Marvel Park and returned to the walking trail at Forest Park, finishing at the Labette Community College gym.
“This year’s run compared favorably both in donations. Last year there were 800 Gatorades collected for our middle and high school athletes … One thing I noticed was that it wasn’t the same people attending as last year,” Martinez said. “The cause brought different people out.”
Martinez noted that he also helped organize a Thanksgiving morning 2-mile run down Main Street.
“It was free and if held this year, we’d like to collect donations for a food pantry,” he said, encouraging everyone to contact him in order to nominate a cause. “This event has grown every year not because of anything that I do, it’s because of the people that live in this community. They’re great people and care about one another and care to show up. Can’t thank everyone enough.”