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New 5K race to support Northwoods Wildlife Center has a unique twistSubmitted: 06/16/2018
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek
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New 5K race to support Northwoods Wildlife Center has a unique twist
MINOCQUA - T-shirts and running shoes are typical at a 5K race, but paws and doggy dish prizes, not so much. 

"There isn't anything like this, in this area at least," said Blue Raven Race Productions organizer Karen McCabe.

The first-ever Paws on the Run 5K was held in Minocqua Saturday to support the Northwoods Wildlife Center. 


"The first three dogs across the finish line win the prize, not the people, it's the dogs," said Blue Raven Race Productions organizer Rick Wilson. 
 
Pet owners were excited to race with their dogs, but some weren't sure what to expect.

"It's neat that they let them do this," said nine-year-old Elle Boers. 

"I think they're going to do good," said 10-year-old Micah Gilbert of his dogs. "I've never seen them do a 5K before, but they're going to do good." 

One dog in particular did very well. 10-year-old Brandi was the first dog to win the Paws on the Run race, beating out some younger pups. 

"She was super excited," said her owner Jacob Larson. "Her face is super white, she's an old lady, but she's still a really good runner." 

Larson enjoyed being Brandi's running partner.

"[The race] was awesome. Through the whole way she was pulling me, it was great," said Larson. 

A great event for man's best friend that pet owners could appreciate.

"They're living too and they deserve to have some fun," said Gilbert. 

Dozens of dog lovers and their furry friends participated in the inaugural race. Organizers hope to host the race again next year. 


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