Sakatah Challenge is October 16

5K goal: place three service dogs with veterans, first responders

A family-friendly 5K event will be held in Waterville next weekend in an effort to raise money to cover the training and placement of three service dogs with deserving veterans and first responders. The event, which is called Sakatah Challenge 5K Family Fun Walk and Run, will be held Saturday, October 16 in Waterville.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Warrior Initiative (AWI), a non-profit organization that works to educate, encourage, and inspire Americans to give back to our military. AWI will use the funds raised by the Sakatah Challenge to train and place the service dogs.

“Now, more than ever, our veterans and first responders need our support. Did you know that since 9/11 more than 30,000 veterans have taken their lives? Hosting this event and sponsoring these dogs is a way we can come together to help,” stated Carrie Guarrero, who manages Fairway Independent Mortgage in Waterville, a branch of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, which supports AWI.

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