Running – just for fur.

By Mike Holland

Dayton – The fur will certainly be flying – or at least jogging – on June 6th in Centerville as over one thousand two & four-legged runners will participate in the fourth annual “Lift Your Leg Run & Walk for Strays.”

The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals, or SICSA, is putting on the event with the help of local sponsoring businesses to benefit the many stray animals from all over the Miami Valley that they care for each day.

“Each year, Lift Your Leg helps thousands of animals by raising critical funding for their care and adoption,” said Megan Moon, SICSA’s Community Engagement Manager. “We hope to raise $50,000 at Lift Your Leg this year.”


Thousands of legs will be running for strays. (Photo courtesy of SICSA)

The event takes place on Saturday, June 6th at Centerville high school (500 East Franklin Street in Centerville). Participants can choose from the 10k & 5k courses, or a 1-mile “Walk for Strays.” While this is the fourth year of the Lift Your Leg run, the Walk for Strays is in its 17th year.

“Each year, over 800 people and 300 dogs join together to raise money, run and walk in support of local animals in need,” said Moon

That means roughly 2800 legs will be lifting to help SICSA in its efforts to care for & re-home their “furry friends.”

In addition to the run/walk courses, the event features a “Vendor Village” of supporting businesses & organizations; as well as food & family-friendly entertainment. “Pets and their owners can participate in fun contests for prizes including Best Dressed Animal & Owner, Oldest Present SICSA Alumnus, and an Animal Talent Contest,” said Moon.


SICSA mascots take a quick break from the action to pose for a fun picture. (Photo courtesy of SICSA)

SICSA will also draw the winner of their “RUFFle Raffle.” The grand prize is a $3000 gift card to Elizabeth Diamond Company (EDC), the primary sponsor of the event. Raffle tickets are available online ( or at EDC’s Centerville location.

Registration for all individuals, groups & dogs opens on May 23rd. The event fees are $25 for adults & $15 for children 12 & under. This includes an event t-shirt, which is guaranteed if registration is submitted by May 27th.

To help promote the Lift Your Leg event & the RUFFle Raffle, SISCA and EDC have also announced “Diamonds in the Ruff.” This event, on Saturday, May 23rd at EDC’s Centerville showroom, located at 7245 Far Hills Ave.

“The plan is to bring SICSA adoptable pets with us and drape them in EDC’s fabulous “bling” for a fun photo-shoot,” said Julie Crusenberry, SICSA’s Development Coordinator. Both SICSA & EDC encourage people & their pets to stop by for a picture. A professional pet photographer will be on hand.

Please visit for more information on fundraising, or to view the course map and schedule of events and to register for one of the runs. For additional information about Lift Your Leg, please contact Development Coordinator Julie Crusenberry at or (937) 294-6505 ext. 15.

To view some of the incredibly adorable photos from “Diamonds in the Ruff,” please visit Julie Reynolds Photography. Additional photos can also be found on both the SICSA and Elizabeth Diamond Company Facebook pages.

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