Just a walk in the park

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With the implementation of staggered starts to adhere to physical distancing guidelines, organizers with the 5K-9 Rescue Dog Walk/Run worried that it would deter the number of participants involved in the annual event which raises funds for Speak for the Unspoken. It turned out that they really needn’t worry: Close to 300 runners and walkers throughout the region came out to Breck Community Park in Grove City on Oct. 4 to rally for animals with special needs. According to host and founder Ted Berry, more than $7,500 was raised for the organization with dozens of bags of food being donated to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. “We’re in the middle of a pandemic and we have not had a drop in participation,” he said. “I am extremely happy with the results and so thankful that people came out to support these animals and organizations.”
Above, Ryan, Penny, Stephanie and Samantha Collins get ready to start the race with their festively adorned poodles Lola, Lucy, Frankie, Toby, Charlie and Winnie. Both humans and pets hail from Grove City.
When Orla Mae Lawson began her stint as a greeter at the race, the 9-month old longhaired dachshund was more than fine with just looking adorable. Then as the morning wore on, she decided to take a more active approach in her interactions with her fellow canines. Here, she gets into a friendly tussle with pup Hadley Nohra.
Enzio Hernandez and Sheri Senek walk their Dobermans Sarge and Luna toward the finish line. Sarge, on the left, was fitted with a protective boot to keep his nails from scraping on the ground.
Hank “the Tank” gets a refreshing drink after completing the 5K.
Columbus residents Patrick and Sarah McCormack pose at the finish line sign with their beloved companion and jogging buddy Fred.

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