October 28 run/walk benefits guide dogs for blind

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Registration is now open for the Nevada Day Classic, an 8K run and 2-mile run/walk that brings together hundreds of runners and walkers just prior to the Nevada Day Parade in historic Carson City. The Classic, hosted by Tahoe Mountain Milers, benefits Guide Dogs for the Blind. Local guide dog puppies-in-training and their raisers from the group Eyes for Tomorrow will serve as course marshals to guide runners and walkers through the west side of Nevada’s capital city.

The race will be October 28.

Guide Dogs for the Blind is one of the premiere guide dog training organizations in the world and provides individuals who are blind and visually impaired with specially-trained guide dogs free of charge.

“Recipients of guide dogs tell us that their dogs not only keep them safe and help them navigate the world, but they help them integrate into society as well,” said Eyes for Tomorrow leader Vicki Moss. “As a cane user, people may step out of the way to avoid you. A guide dog often has the exact opposite effect. That makes a life-changing difference for guide dog users.”

All net proceeds from the Nevada Day Classic will be donated to Guide Dogs for the Blind, with a portion supporting the local puppy-raising club, Eyes for Tomorrow.

Local volunteer puppy raisers take in puppies provided by Guide Dogs for the Blind to train and socialize until they are 15-18 months old. The raisers then return the dogs to Guide Dogs for the Blind for their formal training. At last year’s Classic, a lucky puppy raiser was presented with a very special puppy named Nevada. Over the past year, Nevada has been raised in Carson City, and this year’s participants will have the opportunity to wish Nevada luck as he prepares to return for his formal training.

Community members are encouraged to register for the Nevada Day Classic at www.nevadadayclassic.org.

Families and groups are welcome, costumes are encouraged, and breakfast will be served. The race festivities will feature a costume contest, a raffle, and a meet-and-greet with local guide dog puppies-in-training.