5th Annual Leslie McCravy Memorial 5K
Athletes, pet lovers, and canine companions hit the pavement for a 5K benefiting Pet Helpers on Saturday, May 11.
Saturday’s beautiful weather drew a crowd out to Folly Beach for the 5th Annual Leslie McCravy Memorial 5K. Runners, pet lovers, and canine companions walked or ran in to raise awareness for domestic violence.
Spectators lounged about the sidewalk, cheering on runners and walkers as they began trickling across the finish line. Participants from all walks of life gathered around the refreshment table. Guests chatted and hydrated as more and more competitors returned, and soon a large crowd had gathered in the street.
A number of furry friends accompanied their owners in support of Pet Helpers. While pint-sized Chihuahua Paco oversaw the race from his owner’s arms, many of the pups participated in the race. Small but mighty Chihuahua-dachshund mix and rescue Sampson proudly completed the course alongside his humans, Charline Le and Anthony Barrasso. “I was supposed to foster him for a week,” Le explained. “But I guess he adopted me!”
The Leslie McCravy Memorial 5K is an annual event in remembrance of Leslie McCravy, who tragically lost her life in 2007 to domestic abuse. Pet Helpers, a local non-profit and animal shelter, partnered with My Sister’s House, which serves victims of domestic violence in the Charleston area.