By Allison Collins
SIDNEY – The Delaware Valley Humane Society of Sidney will host its inaugural Tails on the Trail 5K Run and 1K Walk this Sunday, Sept. 24. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the timed 5K race at 10.
The event, said DVHS president Terri Heath, is a reimagined extension of the former Humane Days meant to fundraise for the shelter’s general expenses.
Unsurprising given the day’s beneficiaries, Heath said, walkers in the 1K beginning at 10:30 a.m. are encouraged to bring along four-legged participants.
The race and walk will begin in Bainbridge’s General Clinton Park, with the 5K extending beyond park grounds and down Main Street. There will be prizes awarded for male and female division winners and overall best male and female and, said Heath, the first 100 registrants will receive a free T-shirt.
Because much of the grant funding received by the shelter is earmarked and project-specific, Heath said, covering general expenses can prove especially difficult.
“We struggle for operating money,” said Heath, “so we like to use our fundraising money for food, vet bills and heat.” She continued, “We depend on the public for donations and fundraising; if it wasn’t for them, we probably wouldn’t be here.”
Heath said promising involvement in the lead-up to Sunday’s event has bolstered her hopes for its success.
“This year is pretty exciting because we already have 30 vendors,” said Heath last Friday, noting about 10 pre-registered runners at the time as well.
Heath said that though she hopes Tails on the Trail will prove a fiscal success, there is no specific dollar amount the shelter hopes to raise.
“I just want it to be a success and for everyone to have fun,” said Heath, adding, “It’s our first one, so as long as people show up and have a good time we can try to build it every year and make it bigger.” Heath noted that she “absolutely” intends to make Tails on the Trail an annual event in the tri-town community.
For more information or to preregister at a discounted rate, visit dvhsny.org, localraces.com, call 563-9148 or find the Delaware Valley Humane Society on Facebook.