Cut to the chase

Community event raises money for animal shelter


Photo by Rivers Edwards

A contestant runs with his dog during the annual Six Leg Fun Run and 5K. This event was held on Jan. 28, and was intended to bring in donations for the local animal shelters.

Story by Victoria Van, entertainment editor

Six legs. One goal. The annual Six Leg Fun Run and 5k was held on Front Street Texarkana on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. This year’s goal was to raise funds for an adoption trailer. A total of $28,000 was needed and a staggering $12,000 were raised at the conclusion of the event.

“We raised a lot of money from our new activity called Puppy Poo Bingo and we are going to implement the game next year since everyone enjoyed it,” event coordinator Kacy Dunphy said.

The beginning of the race was founded by junior high student Shelby Dunphy. Her efforts in helping animals and continuing to better the community ultimately led to the Six Leg Fun Run and 5k race.

“When I was told that animals were being euthanized, I knew I had to make a change,” Dunphy said. “The adoption trailer idea came to mind and now it’s been ordered so that it can be used later this year.”

Each year, the event grows in numbers embodying the importance of volunteerism within the Texarkana community and fosters a sense that each individual is making a difference to help the animal shelter.

“This is the first year I’m participating with my family and I’m enjoying it,” freshman Ian Childs said. “I get to volunteer, help out and enjoy seeing all the animals around getting ready for the race.”

Kacy Dunphy aims to get more volunteers from around Miller and Bowie county to join the race, as well as help from school organizations that can aid in sponsoring the activities.

“We want more youth from schools in the surrounding area to come join us and be part of the event,” event coordinator Kacy Dunphy said. “We had a good turnout this year and hope more schools can be part of the race.”

A select amount of students participated in the race, including junior Natalio Casteneda. Although he didn’t bring his puppies along, Casteneda continued to be a part of a greater cause.

“Going to the race was so fun and I’ll definitely come again next year,” Casteneda said. “I ran the 5k and enjoyed every part of being here for the animals.”