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Locals run a ‘ruff’ race for a good cause

September 9, 2018 GMT

Runners big and small took to Saturday’s Doggy Dash, and some only had two legs.

The 5K that allows dogs to run alongside their best friend kicked off and ended at Cody Park. Dogs were also rewarded for most talented, best dressed and other awards.

The race has been going on for about seven years, said Angela Hipp, mentoring coordinator for Community Connections. Proceeds from the event benefit Community Connections’ substance abuse prevention programs.

In the past, proceeds benefited mentoring programs, and now shift to whichever Community Connections program has the most need, Hipp said.

“We kind of moved it around,” she said.

Liz Anderson traveled from Broken Bow to run with her best friends — her great Dane, Stella, and Becky Bellinger, a friend who lives in North Platte.

While Anderson runs 5Ks and runs with Stella at home, she’s never combined the two. While Stella usually becomes winded, Saturday’s run kept her energized as she stayed ahead.

“She kept us at a fast pace,” Anderson said. “By the time we get to three miles, she’s usually by my side.”

Stella also loved meeting the other dogs, who had the luxury of small pools near the finish line and treats for completing their run.