The annual "See Spot Run" 5K Race and Walk, hosted by the Bryan Animal Caregivers, was an even bigger and better success for its third go-around, according to event organizers.
The group had 175 participants who came out for the race on Saturday morning, which was even more than BAC volunteers expected.
"We have had an absolutely overwhelming response this year," BAC Treasurer Kathy Waites said, noting there were about 125 pre-registrants and another 55 people who registered Saturday morning. In addition to 175 people, there were 90 dogs who participated in the 5K.
Overall, the event raised a net profit of about $5,700, which will go directly into helping fund the organization’s Reduced Cost Spay/Neuter Program.
Barry Fennell is a volunteer with the group, who specifically helps work the 5K.
"I’m a runner myself," he explained. "I help with setting up the course and I’m sort of like the ‘emcee’ for the beginning and ending of the race. I’ll stand here at the finish line to take down times and then figure out who all our winners are."
Amber Bonilla of Richmond Hill, who ran with her dog Delilah, said the 5K was great.
"I run this course often, since I live here," Bonilla said. "It’s a wonderful course and they had it set up very well for the race. There were plenty of water stops and lots of people helping show the way."
Here are some of the top placers from the race:
Male overall – first place Will West, second place Aric Woolley and third place Scott Pierce
Female overall – first place Heather Smith, second place Kelli Ruble and third place Margaret Van Houten
Female Running with Dog under 40 pounds – first place Erin Karmozyn
Female Running with Dog over 40 pounds – first place Amber Bonilla
Male Running with Dog under 40 pounds – first place Jon Laww
Male Running with Dog over 40 pounds – first place Scott Southwick
Finishing times will be on the BAC web site www.bac.org this week.