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Dogs in Halloween costumes race through campus, help raise money for Pre-Vet club

Beal City 5k winner Angela Murphy and Kinley cross the finish line on Oct. 21 at the Doggy Dash 5k race.

Dogs dressed as dragons, candy corn and police officers raced through campus Saturday, Oct. 21 for the fifth annual Doggy Dash 5K Race and Fun Walk. 

More than 30 participants and their furry companions participated in the event, raising more than $800 for Central Michigan University’s Pre-Veterinary Club. 

Along with the money raised by participants and donations, the event also had multiple sponsors including North River Animal Hospital, Michigan Wireline Oil Company, Bangor Veterinary Clinic and Animal Health Associates. 

Port Huron senior Calli Morris, president of the Pre-Veterinary Club, said the objective for the Doggy Dash 5K Race and Fun Walk is to raise money for the Pre-Veterinary Club. 

The money is used to travel to the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association and the West Regional Symposium, host outreach activities with Renaissance Public School Academy and the Mount Pleasant Michigan Kennel Club and work with rehabilitation facilities such as the Association to Rescue Kritters and Crossroads Donkey Rescue. 

The race started on the corner of Ojibway Court and Washington Street, near the Education and Human Services building, where participants either ran or walked with dogs around CMU’s campus. 

There was some time set aside for participants as well as the public to pet and cuddle with the dogs.

Mount Pleasant junior Erin Horn participated in the event with her own dog, and heard about the event through her roommate, who was involved in organizing the race. 

“I’ve always adored animals since I was little, and I’ve witnessed my roommate work hard to organize this event and help animals for the present, as well as for the future,” Horn said. 

“Not only did this event help raise funds for CMU's Pre-Veterinary Club, it also brought together a community of people that deeply care about dogs as much as I do, which made for such a wonderful experience.” 

Registration for the run/walk was $20, and participants had the opportunity to rent trained therapy dogs for $5. Doggy Dash 5K Race and Fun Walk T-shirts were also on sale to the public for $15. 

Gladwin resident Karyn Tomczyk recieves the runner-up prize for cutest costume from Port Huron senior Kalli Morris during the Doggy Dash on Oct. 21 near the Education and Human Services Building. Tomcyzk went to the event as cops and doughnuts with her two pitbulls, Elsa and Triv.

Cheboygan junior Alyssa Campa receives a high-five from her seven-month-old puppy, Koda, at the Doggy Dash 5k on Oct. 21 near the Education and Human Services Building.

Three-month old Dexter receives pets from participants at the Doggy Dash 5k on Oct. 21 near the Education and Human Services Building.