Second annual Run for the Animals Saturday |

Second annual Run for the Animals Saturday

Runners and walkers who tested themselves at the Spring Run in Nevada City on April 29 will have a chance to gauge their improvement on the same course Saturday when AnimalSave’s second annual Run for the Animals is held.

Run for the Animals – billed as “Get fit with Fido” because participants are encouraged to bring their dogs on a leash – is a 5K and 10K run/walk being presented by Penn Valley Veterinary Center/Mimi Vishoot, DVM. The event is part of the Gold Country Grand Prix series and registration will start at 8 a.m. from the top of Broad Street in Nevada City. The out-and-back courses start from the corner of Mill and Spring streets beginning at 9 a.m.- participants in the 10K will go out on Champion Mine Road, and those in the 5K will proceed to Old Downieville Highway.

The $25 entry includes a T-shirt and a chance for various prizes. The cost is $15 for children under 12. Dogs are welcome to run (free of charge) and can qualify for special prizes, too (must have guardian on leash). Prizes will be presented to the top finishers in nine different age groups, as well as separate categories for runners and for runners-with-dogs.

The overall winners on the same course at the 20th Spring Run on April 29 included Chris Badolato (38:14) in the 10K, while Larry Defeyter (18:58) and Emmy Barr (19:31) led the 5K field. Defeyter is the Run for the Animals’ defending 5K champion and has won each of his last three races on the Nevada City course.

Participants may pick up an entry form at AnimalSave Thrift and Treasures or download one at http://www.animalsave .org. Registration on race day begins at 8 a.m.

AnimalSave is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals in the community. Proceeds from the Run for the event will benefit AnimalSave’s comprehensive programs.

Saturday will mark the fifth of eight events in the Gold Country Grand Prix series. The remaining events are the Independence Day Run on July 4, the Draft Horse Classic on Sept. 24 and Run Through the Colors on Oct. 22.

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