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Run for the Life of a Dog - 4th of July 5K

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THE STORY:

Koa, Lau Lau and I have participated in the Village Runner 4th of July 5k twice to support Rover Rescue, the dog rescue organization that introduced us to each other. Last year we raised $600 and hope that we can top that by raising $750 this year.

We appreciate any contribution you can make, and we'd love it if you joined us for the walk/run - it's a lot of fun running at the back with the other dogs and their people.

Here's the post I wrote last year after the race (click on the link to see the photos):

http://a-curioustraveler.com/2014/07/11/we-ran-for-the-lives-of-dogs/

We Ran for the Lives of Dogs

Posted on July 11, 2014

To celebrate Independence Day, I took my dogs Koa and Lau Lau to Riviera Village in Redondo Beach, California, to participate in the Village Runner Redondo Beach 4th of July 5K.

We were running and walking to help raise funds for Rover Rescue, a local dog rescue organization that saves dogs from Los Angeles shelters and helps them find permanent homes (my original post is here).

[Trying to remain calm before the race starts.]

Koa and Lau Lau are trying to remain calm before the race starts.

Dave and I adopted first Koa, then Lau Lau, from Rover Rescue, and we admire and respect the commitment they have to find the right home for the dogs that they save. We want to make sure that all dogs find a safe and loving home.

[Running along the Esplanade in Redondo Beach. Summer morning are usually like this due to the "marine layer."]

Running along the Esplanade in Redondo Beach. Summer mornings are usually like this due to the “marine layer.”

I posted here, and on Facebook, and asked friends and family to donate money. Although it was a bit of a last-minute fundraising effort, I’m pleased to report that we raised $600 for Rover Rescue! We are still accepting donations. If you would like to contribute, visit the pledge and donation site here.

[The group at the front is already on their way to the finish line.]

The group at the front is already on their way to the finish line.

Koa and Lau Lau were dressed in red, white and blue bandanas to celebrate the birthday of the U.S.A., and I wore my U.S. Soccer hat and Rover Rescue t-shirt. The boys were very excited on race day, probably because of all the people gathering before the start of the race. We stopped by the Rover Rescue tent to visit our friends there. We saw a group of runners from their vet, Family Pet Clinic of Redondo Beach, and even said hi to the vet tech who recognized them (Koa thought he seemed much nicer when he wasn’t trying to poke and prod him).

[The race begins!]

The race begins!

The race started at 8:00 am, and while everyone dashed off, we waited a bit so that we’d have more room to run – zig-zagging around walkers and runners is a bit more difficult with two dogs on leashes.

We walked and ran the course, and while we weren’t particularly fast, we sure had fun! We finished with a race time of 42:04.

Dave found us along the way and took some action photos. You can see more photos of the entire race in the Village Runner 5K Facebook page and on their website.

[DSCN3359] [DSCN3358] After the race, the boys posed for some photos.

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to my efforts on behalf of Rover Rescue. Koa and Lau Lau want to especially thank dogs Travis, Charlie, Natalia, Lizzie, Mario, and Luigi for their donations. It’s nice that both two and four-legged donors support us!

We had so much fun running with fellow neighbors and citizens from all over the South Bay, and loved seeing everyone in red, white and blue. Look for us to race again next year!

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  • Dale Frank

    $50

  • Bob & Carol Reilly

    $30

  • Mary Anne Been

    $20

  • Travis Ciesla

    $200

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  • Koa's & LauLau's personal chef

    $200

  • Sabrina

    $20

  • Tracey Kleber

    $20

  • Denise Green Winner

    $20

  • Melissa, Andy and Matthew Firchau

    $20

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    $25

  • Leanne Huebner

    $70

  • Ann Kanahele

    $10

  • Molly Reilly

    $25

  • Kiera Reilly

    $70

  • Greg, Dana & Tess Coverdale

    $20

  • Claire Kugler

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Kiera Reilly

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ROVER RESCUE

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Donor Comments

Claire Kugler

Claire Kugler

DONATION: $30

4 years ago

Greg, Dana & Tess Coverdale

Greg, Dana & Tess Coverdale

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Kiera Reilly

Kiera Reilly

DONATION: $70

4 years ago

Molly Reilly

Molly Reilly

DONATION: $25

Run KierUH Run! 4 years ago

Ann Kanahele

Ann Kanahele

DONATION: $10

4 years ago

Leanne Huebner

Leanne Huebner

DONATION: $70

Took you to the top!!! Good luck... 4 years ago

E

E

DONATION: $25

Go Ra, Koa, Lau Lau! So happy you are running for the doggies! Hugs, E. 4 years ago

Melissa, Andy and Matthew Firchau

Melissa, Andy and Matthew Firchau

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Denise Green Winner

Denise Green Winner

DONATION: $20

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Tracey Kleber

Tracey Kleber

DONATION: $20

Love you guys! 4 years ago