Canine Classic offers runners a way to support local animals in need

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Racers prepare to take off for the Canine Classic Sept. 10, 2022.

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Zoe Blair

Runners and walkers alike gathered at Kentuck Park in Northport on Saturday to support the 19th annual Canine Classic.

The event is hosted by the Humane Society of West Alabama and the Tuscaloosa Track Club.

“We found this race and thought it was great because not only was it local, but it was to support a great cause,” Cara Cannarozzi, University of Alabama Senior and President of Run UA said.

The 5K attracted over 90 participants and raised upwards of $10,000 for the shelter. The money will go toward typical expenses for the shelter such as pet food, medical care and other costs.

The Humane Society of West Alabama is a completely volunteer-run and donation-operated shelter.

There were a variety of participants of all ages present with the fastest runner clocking in at 17:47. The race was a grand prix event for runners.

“We always have great community support,” said Canine Classic Race Coordinator Michelle Robinson. “We didn’t know what to expect the last two years with COVID and everything, but we’ve had a great turnout and it’s really exciting to see.”

After the race, runners were provided with snacks, awards and door prizes from some of the race’s sponsors.

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