Strong turnout for annual animal shelter 5K |

Strong turnout for annual animal shelter 5K

Ryan Hoffman
A group of walkers make their way to the finish line during the Rifle Animal Shelter’s sixth-annual Strut Your Mutt 5K Run or Walk in downtown Rifle Saturday.
Courtesy photo |

Rain and chilly conditions did not stop more than 100 people and their four-legged friends from participating in the Rifle Animal Shelter’s sixth-annual Strut Your Mutt 5K Run or Walk on Saturday.

Approximately 115 people walked or ran, all while raising more than $10,000 for the shelter. While the rain likely dampened the turnout and total money raised, compared to previous years, the event was a success, said Heather Mullen, shelter director.

“Considering the rain, we are very happy and appreciative. It shows the amazing community support for the shelter,” she said.

This year was the first for Amanda Cuka, Silt, and her silver lab Annie. Cuka, a frequent runner, said she always looks for opportunities to take Annie out and run, rain or shine.

“We’ll be back next year,” she said. She finished with one of the fastest times at 29 minutes, 5 seconds.

Rifle resident Scott Weagraff adopted his last three dogs from the Rifle shelter, including Buddy, a boarder collie mix. Weagraff and Buddy finished with a time of 30:09.

“I just wanted to support the shelter. They gave me my Buddy,” he said.

The annual 5K is one of the shelter’s largest fundraising events, Mullen said. All the proceeds go toward caring for the animals.

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