Pandemic aside, there’s one issue that will always lurk in harm’s shadow.

“COVID or no COVID, sexual assault doesn’t go away,” says Janine D’Anniballe, director at Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA). “It’s our desire to keep this on people’s minds.”

MESA’s annual Canine Classic 5K fun run that was slated for April 19 at the Boulder Reservoir was canceled due to stay-at-home orders. The event brings in funds for Boulder County’s only rape resource center. This has now become a virtual event—and between May 23–30 the 18th annual classic will offer participants a chance to complete the race on their own schedule, submit their running or walking times and, of course, upload selfies with their furry friends.

Although there will be no food trucks, beer garden or dog photo booths, you can still have fun with this and support this important cause. “We’re trying to encourage all kinds of participation,” says D’Anniballe. Participants can still win “real” prizes, but in an event like this, everyone is a winner.

The Daily Camera is a proud sponsor of this worthy event. To learn more and to register, go to