Gone to the dogs


A.D.O.P.T. wins with Liberty Mutt Run

By Kasie Strickland - kstrickland@civitasmedia.com



Addie, a senior black lab mix who is available for adoption, was on hand with the A.D.O.P.T. crew supervising the race, licking fingers and giving the runners some tail-wagging encouragement.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Ann Johnson Miller crosses the finish line with her dogs Daisy and Charlie.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Eddie “EJ” Reece crossed the finish line with the first four-legged competitor of the day, a one-year-old chocolate Labrador named Bella.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

You didn’t have to be a Greyhound to compete in the Liberty Mutt Run. This Schnauzer may have crossed the finish line a little later than some, but he still made it.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Participants for the annual 5K ranged from young to old as runners pitched in to raise money for a local animal rescue organization.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Jodi Currin of A.D.O.P.T. said the numbers weren’t in yet for the total amount raised but said they were pleased with the overall turnout.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Fifty runners and their canine companions made their way to the old football stadium Saturday morning to take place in the Liberty Mutt Marathon 5K to raise money for All Dogs of Pickens Transport (A.D.O.P.T.)


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

LIBERTY — Fifty runners and their canine companions made their way to the old football stadium Saturday morning to take place in the Liberty Mutt Marathon 5K to raise money for All Dogs of Pickens Transport (A.D.O.P.T.)

First place went to Tonya Earnhardy of Clemson who completed the 3.1-mile course in 26 minutes 31.8 seconds — just over eight minutes a mile.

She was followed by Cathy Garrett, Heather Thompson and Sherry Rhodes before Eddie “EJ” Reece crossed the finish line with the first four-legged competitor of the day, a one-year-old chocolate Labrador named Bella.

“This was Bella’s first race,” said Reece. “She did well. Her brother is still out there, he’s running with my wife but I don’t see them yet …”

Close on Bella’s heels was Ann Johnson Miller with her adopted dogs Charlie and Daisy.

“Daisy came from the humane society right here (in Liberty) in September and Charlie was rescued from the state of Georgia,” said Miller.

Although it was the first race for both of Miller’s dogs, the pair had a leg up on the competition by training with their owner in the weeks prior.

“I have a country run that’s about three and a half miles and they’ve learned quite well,” she said. “We had a little trouble in the beginning with all the other dogs before we started, but it all worked out.”

In addition to Daisy and Charlie, Miller has three other dogs at home.

“I got them trained and they did it, that’s the important part. The bad news is that now anytime I put my tennis shoes on they will not leave me alone,” joked Miller. “They’re ready to go.”

Addie, a senior black lab mix, was on hand with the A.D.O.P.T. crew supervising the race, licking fingers and giving the runners some tail-wagging encouragement.

“Addie is available for adoption,” said Jodi Currin of A.D.O.P.T. “We brought her along today to see if maybe she catches the eye of someone here in the crowd.”

Currin said that the numbers weren’t in yet for the total amount raised but said they were pleased with the overall turnout.

And Addie is still patiently awaiting her forever home.

Addie, a senior black lab mix who is available for adoption, was on hand with the A.D.O.P.T. crew supervising the race, licking fingers and giving the runners some tail-wagging encouragement.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_113.jpgAddie, a senior black lab mix who is available for adoption, was on hand with the A.D.O.P.T. crew supervising the race, licking fingers and giving the runners some tail-wagging encouragement. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Ann Johnson Miller crosses the finish line with her dogs Daisy and Charlie.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_206.jpgAnn Johnson Miller crosses the finish line with her dogs Daisy and Charlie. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Eddie “EJ” Reece crossed the finish line with the first four-legged competitor of the day, a one-year-old chocolate Labrador named Bella.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_226.jpgEddie “EJ” Reece crossed the finish line with the first four-legged competitor of the day, a one-year-old chocolate Labrador named Bella. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

You didn’t have to be a Greyhound to compete in the Liberty Mutt Run. This Schnauzer may have crossed the finish line a little later than some, but he still made it.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_253.jpgYou didn’t have to be a Greyhound to compete in the Liberty Mutt Run. This Schnauzer may have crossed the finish line a little later than some, but he still made it. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Participants for the annual 5K ranged from young to old as runners pitched in to raise money for a local animal rescue organization.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_295.jpgParticipants for the annual 5K ranged from young to old as runners pitched in to raise money for a local animal rescue organization. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Jodi Currin of A.D.O.P.T. said the numbers weren’t in yet for the total amount raised but said they were pleased with the overall turnout.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_313.jpgJodi Currin of A.D.O.P.T. said the numbers weren’t in yet for the total amount raised but said they were pleased with the overall turnout. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Fifty runners and their canine companions made their way to the old football stadium Saturday morning to take place in the Liberty Mutt Marathon 5K to raise money for All Dogs of Pickens Transport (A.D.O.P.T.)
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_326.jpgFifty runners and their canine companions made their way to the old football stadium Saturday morning to take place in the Liberty Mutt Marathon 5K to raise money for All Dogs of Pickens Transport (A.D.O.P.T.) Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel
A.D.O.P.T. wins with Liberty Mutt Run

By Kasie Strickland

kstrickland@civitasmedia.com

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

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