Local man runs “Backyard Ultra” to help the San Benito rescue shelter


SAN BENITO, Texas (ValleyCentral) – A Brownsville man and avid runner uses his legs and passion to help homeless animals in the Rio Grande Valley.

Art Hurtado runs in an “ultra backyard”. He’ll run 4.16 miles every hour, per hour until he’s the last runner standing.

It’s an endurance race with over 100 runners all running to raise money for causes in their communities.

Hurtado runs to help rescue the Paws and Strides in San Benito.

The association is led by Robert Pedraza, he helps animals in the Rio Grande valley who are homeless or at risk of being euthanized in shelters.

“It is sent directly to the association and Robert uses it to control or build housing for these animals in order to have them transported, provide them with food and all the basic care these animals need,” Hurtado said. .

“I try to help as I can, even if I don’t have the time or the dedication like Robert does, I like to help as I can. I love to run and have challenged myself the last few years.

If you can’t help with a donation, Hurtado said you can still help by adopting or adopting a needy animal at Rescue of paws and strides.

To find their fundraising page Click here.


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