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5K fun run planned to benefit Therapy Animals of Utah

A 5K run to benefit an organization that provides animal companions to the elderly, psychiatric patients, juvenile offenders and others is planned for Nov. 5, 9 a.m., at Wheeler Farm, 6351 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City.

The Squatters Chasing Tail 5K Fun Run will take runners and walkers on a route through the sheep, horses, ducks and chickens at scenic Wheeler Farm to raise funds and awareness for Therapy Animals of Utah.

“I’ve witnessed countless miracles brought on by a human-animal connection,” said Gaelyn Derr, executive director of TAU, in a press release. “In one instance, a paralyzed young woman moved her fingers and lifted her hands to pat a dog named Bert’s face and even spoke, saying she loved him. We want to continue making miracles like this, that’s why we are asking the public to register for our 5K and help support TAU.”

The event will also include local entertainment, prizes, drinks, ice cream, desserts, fresh breads and fruit. Several local businesses including Squatters, Beehive Bail Bonds, Zion’s Bank, Intermountain Healthcare, Turtle Mountain Foods and ADP will sponsor the event with food, services and financial contributions.

Early registration is $20 and is available online at therapyanimalsutah.org until Oct. 31. Individuals can register for $25 on the day of the run. There will be raffle drawings for $100 gift cards to Wasatch Running Center, day passes to local ski resorts, certificates for free dinners, gas cards and gift baskets.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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