Over the weekend, Sun City West gathered for their annual Sunsational 5k run/walk. Tickets were sold out by mid-January, however the leaders of this 5k allowed additional enrollments for a discounted price. They also allowed friends of registrants to participate, minus the perks of t-shirts and medals. The Sunsational event is open to all walks of life and happens no matter the weather. Partial proceeds are donated to the Arizona Humane Society.
As an animal lover, events like this make me proud to be a resident of AZ. Our Humane Society works hard day in and day out to adopt, care for, and rescue animals in need. The Humane Society survives off of donations, so hosting large events provides them with much needed boosts throughout the year.
This 5k run/walk event awards it’s participants in an effort to celebrate their hard work and dedication to a great cause. It is an emotional day, in deed. Runners receive t-shirts, medals, awards, snacks and more for participating. Perhaps the best prize is knowing that they helped feed a hungry puppy, or aided in the medical care of an injured or sick animal. Although this cause goes to animal rights and rescue efforts, our furry friends have to stay home for the event. Friends and family are welcome to watch and cheer you on as you run for the cause.
Total funds raised for the Arizona Humane Society are not published, but the Sunsational 5k had 252 participants this year and 231 finishers. It’s always nice to win a prize and celebrate our victories, but just participating makes everyone a true winner. To rescue an animal and see the light come back to their eyes is such a beautiful experience. Any dog or cat can be domesticated and trained with the right amount of love and care and the Arizona Humane Society is very appreciative of any and all efforts from donations and events like this one.
Running or walking in a 5k is a great start for those beginning a fitness journey, or training for future longer distance running. Running for a cause makes these victories even more special. This 5k happens every year and Sun City West residents gather to cheer each other on and contribute to the Humane Society. For more information about the Sunsational run/walk event please visit https://info.suncitywest.com/join-us-for-the-scw-sun-sational-5k-in-march
For information on the Arizona Humane Society please visit their website at https://www.azhumane.org/