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MESA presents the Canine Classic Fun Run & Walk to honor survivors of sexual violence

Boulder County’s only sexual violence resource center celebrates over 50 years serving the community by holding the fundraising event
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Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) presents the fundraiser Canine Classic Fun Run & Walk on Saturday, April 29th at 9:00 am. The Canine Classic Fun Run & Walk is MESA’s premier fundraising event to celebrate and honor the journey of survivors and the efforts to end sexual violence. The event will take place at Harlow Platts Park in Boulder, Colorado. Last year, MESA commemorated its 50th anniversary as the only sexual violence resource center serving Boulder County, Colorado.

The Canine Classic is a dog-friendly fun run and walk for participants of all ages. A canine companion is welcomed but not required. This unique event supports a cause that is difficult to talk about in a fun and light-hearted community event to bring attention to sexual violence during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.

“We have accomplished so much in 50 years and there is still more good we can do. The need for community support is greater than ever,” said MESA’s Director, Dr. Janine D’Anniballe. “Canine Classic Fun Run & Walk is an opportunity to support MESA and ensure that we continue serving survivors and teaching the community about consent and healthy relationships.”

The day’s activities will feature an expo with music, contests, food, beer, and fun activities. The local food vendors include Farm Eats Direct food truck, Bone Apetreat food truck for dogs, and Monarca food truck serving Mexican cuisine.  To quench your thirst, there will be a Sanitas Brewing Company beer garden, coffee by Astro Coffee, juices by Suja Juice, and water provided by Eldorado Natural Spring Water. The expo vendors will include Peak Animal Wellness & Massage, Network Family Wellness Center, Furever Friends Photography, and Dog Bandanas Inc., just to name a few.

The first wave of the run/walk starts at 9 am, and the second wave starts at 9:05 am, so make sure to arrive in time to park at Southern Hills Middle School across the street and walk to the start line. Dogs must be dog- and human-friendly and remain on a leash at all times.

Don’t miss out on the 25th Canine Classic anniversary year. To purchase tickets for this in-person event, visit: