They came to run with the pack to benefit the dogs.
Saturday morning saw 150 participants turn out for the third annual 5K run to support the work of the Scranton Police K9 Unit.
"Every penny helps to fund the unit," Acting police Chief Carl Graziano said of the race, which kicked off at 10 a.m. from the 100 block of Wyoming Avenue.
"It raises money and it brings the community together." For runners, the event was a chance to hone their craft as well as support a valuable community resource.
Warming up before race time, Tyler Bonevitch said he returned home from Dover, Del. to take part.
"Itā??s for a good cause," said Bonevitch, a 2011 West Scranton graduate now serving in the U.S. Air Force.
"You know, we have two dogs at home, so why not?"
"And he runs every day," Mike Bonevitch added of his son.
Father and son also had a chance to chat with one of the unitā??s officers, Kyle Kemp, who brought out his K9 partner, Ecko.
Kemp, a 10-year veteran of the department, paired up with the Belgian shepherd last year.
"Itā??s like night and day," he said of K9 work. "To me, thereā??s no better job in the world."
Graziano said the overall winner was Timothy McGurrin, with a time of 19:30, while Michelle Corrington was the top female finisher at 21:05. Full results were not yet available Saturday morning, but will be posted at Fastfinishes.net, Graziano said.