Animal Aid at the See Spot Run - 405 Magazine

Animal Aid at the See Spot Run

Get some exercise and help fund Guthrie animal sanctuary Free to Live at a fundraiser in honor of resident Chris Cowden.


Animal companionship is good for human morale in all walks of life. Or, as the case may be, runs of life. Once again, Guthrie is home to the 8th annual “See Spot Run,” a 5K, 10K and kid’s fun run event in downtown – and both two- and four-legged participants are welcome. It takes place at 7 p.m. June 11 in downtown Guthrie and benefits local nonprofit animal sanctuary Free to Live.

See Spot Run was created in memory of long-time Guthrie resident Chris Cowden, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2008. Cowden’s siblings, Matt, Terri and Suzanne, say they knew their brother loved to jog, and he also had a deep affection for animals.

“Creating an event like this to honor Chris made perfect sense,” says Matt Cowden. “The run follows the route Chris used to take through Guthrie. We have raised more than $40,000 for Free to Live, and something like 3,000 runners from across Oklahoma regularly participate in the race.”

Festive food and drink will be available, and everyone is welcome to attend. In addition to bolstering awareness of animal rights, the day aids the nonprofit Free to Live continue its operation as the state’s largest no-kill facility for stray, abandoned and mistreated dogs and cats.

Or, to put it another way: Go have fun. Help pets live. Live, pets, live!

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