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      Fourth of July Dog Dash a success

      Costume Contest 2nd Place: Morzy as Statue of Doggery (Rick Custard)

      Over 50 people started this Fourth of July with a dog walk or run.

      The Sixth Annual Marquette Sunrise Dog Dash was Friday morning. The event benefits the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter.

      Man and his or her best friend could take a leisurely trek around the one or two and a half mile course. Some dogs, and their masters, like Harrison Dehlin and his companion Zephyr, take the Dog Dash seriously, looking to improve their time.

      "Not as good as last year, but I got first," says Dehlin

      Harrison and Zephyr had a time of 7:17.

      The Dog Dash is growing in size each year since it switched from an event before Marquette's Fourth of July Parade to a cooler morning walk-run. People come from all over with their pet in hand.

      "Well, we decided to come out; it's a beautiful morning and wanted to come out and support a good cause," says Frank Klarich of Chicago. "Plus get a little exercise for our dog and kids."

      After the Dog Dash, there was a dog costume contest. The K-9's dressed in holiday fashions. One little dog was outfitted as a soccer ball, and his owner cheering on Brazil now that the U.S. is out of World Cup competition. But my favorite had to be the wolves in sheep clothing. These are a breed of Husky call Tamaskan.

      Friday's Dog Dash raised $800. The money goes to UPAWS to keep the shelter running.

      Here is a full list of winners from the timed events:

      1 Mile:1st adult male ?? Harrison Dehlin with Zephyr in 7:171st adult female ?? Anne Michelsen with Jasmine, 7:251st youth male ?? Caleb Schwiderson with Hunter in 18:501st youth female ?? Petra Frazier with Duffer in 13:25

      2.5 Mile:1st adult male ?? Mike Murphy with Molly in 18:521st adult female ?? Sam Schwemin with Sport in 18:321st youth male ?? Noah Taulbee with Morzy in 28:201st youth female ?? Zada Pearson with Puppy Russo in 34:00

      Congratulations to costume contest winters, too:1st place ?? Zephyr and Noque as wolves in sheep??s clothing (Katelyn Dehlin)2nd place ?? Morzy as Statue of Doggery (Rick Custard)3rd place ?? Rocky as World Cup Soccer Ball (Robert Larson)4th place ?? Duffer as Uncle Sam (Jen Frazier)5th place ?? Sporty as Aunty Sam (Sam Schwemin)6th place ?? Puppy Russo as Hippy (Baily & Zada Pearson)7th place ?? Amelia as Christmas in July (Lynn Andronis)8th place ?? Max as Walking with Bells on (Dawn Peterson)