PITTSBURG — Get ready because this Saturday is the Mutt Run.

This year, the annual Mutt Run to benefit the Southeast Kansas Humane Society will be in honor of SEK Humane Society Employee Karlane Kraner who died in November.

Kraner was first a volunteer for the shelter who then became an employee. She served the SEK Humane Society for almost nine years. Kraner has been described as an advocate for animals and had many rescue stories which include jumping into a frozen pond to save a drowning dog, which she then found a “perfect” home for.

“She was an amazing SEK Humane Society Employee and volunteer,” Business and Promotions Manager Jasmine Kyle said. “She went out of her way and beyond for customers and the animals.”

Mutt Run Co-Event Planner Joely Gath agreed.

Her cousin and co-event planner Erika Grant, worked with Kraner during last year’s event.

“She was such a huge part of the shelter, and gave so much for the animals,” she said. “I didn’t know her well, but I’ve only ever heard great things about who she was.

“We figured it would be real nice to do something in her memory.

“That’s where I met her. When my cousin and I got together this year to plan it we talked and she agreed we should do it in her memory.”

The 90 mile ride will begin at Blue Ribbon Farm & Home at 1103 E. 4th Street in Pittsburg and will end at the Humane Society at 485 E 560th Ave, Pittsburg.

People can drive their motorcycles or cars during this event. Registration costs $15 and begins at 10 a.m. at Blue Ribbon Farm & Home. All vehicles are set to leave at 11 a.m.

Registration includes a meal at the final stop.

Kyle said during the event people will play in a game of Skill, where participants are given a set course with stops and at these stops will play a bean bag toss for their cards.

The highest hand will win 25 percent and the rest will go to the shelter.

There will also be t-shirts available for purchase, a 50/50 pot and raffle prizes.

At the last stop at the Humane Society, there will be a moment to remember Kraner.  

Gath said people are welcome to attend the Mutt Run after party at 6 p.m. at the Pink Pickle in Girard. Donations for the Humane Society will be accepted.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.