Gunner, a young but large dog awaiting adoption at LAPS, offered “help” to LAPS executive director Jayne Nelson and finance director Sean Baker as they tied their running shoes. The Furry Tails Foot Race fundraiser is coming up at the end of the month. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Runners ready for Langley’s Furry Tails Foot Race

The annual fundraiser and run/walk benefits the Patti Dale Animal Shelter

The Furry Tails Foot Race is coming up, giving animal lovers another chance to go for a run to help Langley’s largest animal shelter.

The Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) fundraiser will be held Sunday, April 28 at Derby Reach Regional Park.

“We have, so far, 94 participants signed up,” said Jayne Nelson, executive director of LAPS.

Money from the fundraiser goes towards ongoing programs at LAPS. In 2018, the shelter opened its long-awaited ISOasis building, an isolation intake facility for cats, for which it had been fundraising for many years.

Funds will help support the ongoing work there with lost and surrendered cats, as well as with the many dogs that find their way to the shelter.

When it comes to dogs, the Furry Tails Foot Race is inclusive of both two and four-legged runners, Nelson noted.

There are three categories – a five kilometre race, a 10 kilometre race, and for the five kilometre event, dogs are welcome.

Prizes include fastest man or woman alone across both distances, as well as the fastest person and dog team to cross the finish line of the five K race.

“I think we’ve got quite a few dogs registered already,” said Nelson.

There were 15 canine racers set to take part as of this week.

The race starts and finishes at the Edgewater Bar parking area on Allard Crescent in Derby Reach park.

The cost to sign up, including for race-day registration, is $50 for adults, $20 for kids six to 17 years old, and $5 for kids five and under, for the five kilometre run only.

Both routes will be on the gravel trails through the park, well marked and with volunteers present, and a water station at the midway point.

The five kilometre route follows the Edge Trail and Edge Farm Trail, while the 10 kilometre route followed the Edge and Edge Farm Trails, but also includes the Houston Trail Loop.

Runners signing up online at www.lapsbc.ca can register as fundraisers to help raise more money for the animals.

Strollers with off-road wheels are permitted on the five kilometre event.

The walk/run race starts at 9 a.m. sharp, so participants are advised to come early to pick up their race packages and warm up before that.

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