Run for Rescue Wright Way 5K

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This past Saturday, approximately 350 runners, along with an estimated 100 dogs, participated in the Run for Rescue Wright Way 5K.  Announcers stated this was the highest number attendees and were grateful for all the support the community provides to the Wright Way Rescue Shelter along with their major sponsors, Blue Pearl ER Pet Hospital and 4Sure Entertainment.

Located in Morton Grove, Wright Way has placed over 30,000 dogs and cats since its opening in 2003. It also works to rescue pets for kill shelters and saves close to 5,000 pets a year from euthanization. Wright Way is a no-kill shelter and keeps pets till they are placed.

The race had a start and finish in the Bunker Hill Forest Preserve with athletes completing the 5K through the forest preserve.  Due to the record breaking heat Chicago has been experiencing this past week, there were plenty of kiddie pools and water along the course to keep the dogs cool.  While there were approximately six doggie aid stations, one human water stop was provided at the turnaround with volunteers and Niles West students.  While some were timed, the majority of the racers were untimed and just enjoyed the day with their pups either walking, jogging or in some cases, carrying their tired pups.

Afterwards, there was a BBQ and hamburgers and beer were sold for continued fundraising with a DJ providing tunes. This was a great community event and participants went home with a blue cotton race shirt, dog food samples and tired pups.

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Nicole once thought that the timed mile in high school was a form of torture. In an ironic turn of events, racing is now part of half her weekends in a given year and would take an early Saturday race over a Friday night out everytime. A self-proclaimed "back of the packer", Nicole loves triathlons and run races with her favorite distances being the half marathon and olympic distance triathlon. She works full time as a health care administrator and lives in Skokie with her husband, son and spoiled dog. You can find her race reports, musing and other random thoughts on her blog.

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