Four Paws up for PAWZ by the Sea 2015

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Whidbey Life Magazine Contributor
May 27, 2015

The annual PAWZ by the Sea 5k run/walk participants took the scenic route around Langley on Monday, May 25 and WLM photographer David Welton captured the action. The PAWZ event is brought to you by Jean Dieden of the Animal Hospital by the Sea and benefits the Happy Hounds 4H Club and the Good Cheer Pet Food Bank.

Jim Freeman warmsJim Freeman gets the runners set as Jean Dieden, on the left, is ready to blow the start horn.

They are off!And they’re off! The crowd surges forward, mowing down anyone who’s in its way!

Second Street by the pizzeriaSurging down Second Street and heading toward Village Pizzeria they ran…

Big dogs and little dogs climb First Street hill-2Big dogs and little dogs climb First Street hill.

Big dogs and little dogs climb First Street hill-1The weariness from the long climb is evident in some of the participant’s eyes…

Finish line!-2There’s nothing like crossing the Finish Line to make you jump for joy!

Finish line!We made it, Ma! We made it…  I knew we could do it!!

Hydration and Food at the finish lineHydration and food at the finish line.

Peter LawlorPeter Lawlor prepares to enter the kids race.  Although he is 94, his dog is only 10.

The kids charge ahead of Peter-2The kids charge ahead of Peter.

Peter is on course to crawl across the finish linePeter is on course to reach the Finish Line—just not ahead of the kids.

Will Simms, first finisher overall at the awards ceremonyWill Simms, first finisher overall, at the Awards Ceremony with Jean Dieden and Jim Freeeman.

Both two and four legged participants enjoyed a fun run and treats at the finish line courtesy of race organizer Louise Long of Perfect Time Events.

David Welton is a retired physician and staff photographer for Whidbey Life magazine.


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