I wanted to share an incredibly sweet moment that happened at Riverway.
Last week, a lady was walking her dog when our runners came past along the footpath. Her dog was unusually spooked by the runners and took off – jerking the lead from his owner’s hand and leaping into the river. He started swimming out towards the middle of the river. Those who don’t know, Ross River is full of weeds and is home to eels, snakes and a few freshwater crocodiles. People still swim but it’s not super pleasant. Three of our runners jumped into the river and swam out to help save Kevin, the dog.
Kevin’s owner was beside herself at the ordeal and extremely grateful to the ladies who helped her dog as she was sure he would have been lost otherwise. Even if he did make it to the other side of the river, she wouldn’t have had time to run to the other side to catch him.
Karen, Kevin’s owner, is not a parkrunner but went out of her way, contacting our page as well a couple of other local public facebook pages to find Kevin’s saviours and thank them. This morning, Karen turned up at the finish line with gifts and a framed picture of Kevin for the three ladies who helped her.
Nico Boon – Riverway Event Director
Thank you so much for putting on one of the best parkruns in the country guys (Tamworth parkrun), and for helping me to make this a super special day for the most amazing person in my life who after struggling big time post double-lung transplant with some major complications now believes a whole lot more in herself, thank you again, forever grateful, see you again soon.
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