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The sixth annual 5-K-9 Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run will be held at the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Saturday, April 7.

The Kids Fun Run, which is a quarter-mile run, beginning and ending at the Sheriff’s Office, will start at 9 a.m. for children 11 and younger. Trophies will also be awarded to the first-place winners for both male and female, and all participants will receive an award ribbon.

Immediately following the Kids Fun Run, the 5K Run/Walk will start. Medals will be awarded to the top three place winners in each division for both males and females in the following age divisions: 11 and younger, 12-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over.

Anyone who is interested in supporting the K-9 unit can visit the Vernon County website and go to the Sheriff’s Office tab, and then under the K-9 Unit tab they will see the registration form to print off and send in. Pre-registration deadline is March 23, which will ensure participants get a 5-K-9 Run/Walk T-shirt and registration for $20. If participants register after the March 23 deadline, or the day of the event, the registration fee would still be $20 but they would not get the annual T-shirt.

After the run, runners and walkers are welcome to meet K-9 Myk and handler Deputy Sheriff Mark Bellacero. All proceeds will help benefit K-9 Myk for annual maintenance, training, and equipment costs.

A list of sponsors can be found at after March 23. Anyone who would like to be a sponsor for the event may contact the Sheriff's Office at 637-2123 before March 23.


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