This year’s Hike-A-Thon will highlight the work of 4 Paws for Ability, an organization committed to enriching the lives of children with disabilities and veterans by providing trained service dogs to increase their independence.
“We wanted to give people a reason to come besides just the walk,” Reid said, adding that a partner organization each year benefits from the event. “We found when we feature a charity, more people come to support the charities.”
There are 20 dogs on the Miami University campus, identified by their vests, paired with students who adopt them and help to socialize them by giving them experience in public.
Kelly Camm, the development director of 4 Paws, which is based in Xenia, said she is excited the organization was chosen as partner for this year’s Hike-A-Thon Plus.
“We are delighted and humbled to be part of it. We’re thrilled,” she said. “It’s due in part to the Miami University students who do selfless work raising our puppies.”
Miami University senior Sarah Wikum said she looks forward to taking part in this year’s event. She serves as vice president of the campus organization and is now fostering her second dog for 4 Paws.
“I think Hike-A-Thon is great. I love hiking,” she said. “It’s awesome being involved. It’s cool to connect 4 Paws into the community.”
HOW TO GO
WHAT: 2017 Hike-a-Thon
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Event takes place rain or shine.
WHERE: 4824 Oxford Road, Oxford.
Click here. No registration is required — just show up!