My first 5K

For 68 years, animal shelter Wayside Waifs has offered sanctuary, medical help and a second chance to homeless pets.

For 22 years, this organization has brought attention to its mission by bringing people and dogs together for a public race on the streets of Kansas City.

Strutt with your Mutt poster

Mutts will be struttin’

Many shelters exist in the Kansas City area. Wayside Waifs is one of the biggest, saving over 6,500 pets each year.

Whenever I meet people, of course, I always ask where their pets came from. I feel like almost 50 percent of the time if I ask that question in Kansas City, the response is “Wayside Waifs.”

Wayside Waifs is where Thunderlutz blogger Angela volunteers with shelter cats (which she once wrote about on this blog). It is also a shelter with which Kennel Creek Pet Resort recently partnered by getting a couple of adoptable Waifs dogs out of the shelter and into playgroups, training and, eventually, forever homes.

Now Wayside Waifs will be the reason I run my first 5K!

Strutt with Your Mutt consists of a 5K that can be run with or without a dog and 3K for people and pets who prefer a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City.

Participants set their own pace – on foot and in fundraising. There are prizes on the line for those who generate the most donations, but the physical race is not competitive.

That makes this event an ideal, no-pressure situation for Charlie Machete and me. As I pointed out yesterday, foster dog Charlie Machete is the most awesome jogging partner ever. But neither one of us in marathon condition.

We are currently jogging between 1.5 and 3 miles per day. We are slow. We are steady. We are committed.

I promised readers a few weeks back that to combat my premature old lady pains, I would make fitness and exercise a bigger priority in my life. Consider this event my way of staying accountable – while also remaining loyal to the cause of helping homeless animals.

Really – could there be a more perfect first 5K for me?

I hope to be running alongside fellow members of the KC Pittie Pack, some of whom have already committed to walking with their dogs in the 3K portion of the event. By the end of the race, I might be wishing I had opted to walk!

If you would like to sponsor Charlie Machete and me in Strutt with Your Mutt, visit our fundraising page and make a tax deductible donation to Wayside Waifs.

Charlie Machete jogging

Have you ever run a 5K? Tell us what we should expect!


About crystalwayward

I live with two formerly wayward dogs. I care deeply about the environment, and I think gardening is a revolutionary act.

Posted on August 28, 2012, in Dogs, Random Life and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. CONGRATS and good luck!! What a wonderful cause… I wish I could help you with advice, but I’m NO runner. 🙂

  2. I’ve heard lots about Wayside Waifs here in Wichita, it sounds like a really great organization. And, what a great opportunity for your first 5k and for Charlie to be showcased. Personally I’d be one of those people out there walking but would cheer you on as you ran by, good luck and a donation is headed your way!

  3. Wish I could run in this race!
    Here are some things that may help running with your dog:

  4. Strutt with Your Mutt is a wonderful idea!

  5. Best of luck to you and The Machete. You will rock that 5k!

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