Archive for Dog Friendly Runs
We had a great night at the Twilight Half Marathon last weekend, it’s one of the few dog friendly runs here in Brisbane. Cinnabar, Guinness and Bobbie were running in the half marathon, and we were delighted to see another dog in the event – a small white fluffy dog running fast in what I suspect was the 10km race. I’m always happy to see dogs running, and particularly smaller breeds whose abilities are often underestimated.
What did concern me was that this little dog was running fast, amongst a reasonably sized group of other runners. Even though the dog was extremely well behaved, I feel he was still a trip hazard. He was amongst a lot of flying legs and was small enough such that runners may not have seen him. If there had been an accident involving the dog, it would have jeopardised our participation in the run in future, as well as caused injury and possibly led to a runner missing out on a personal best that they hard worked very hard to achieve.
Here are our suggestions for fun run/race etiquette if you’re bringing your canine running buddy along.
When you think of Easter Sunday, you think of chocolate for breakfast and late sleep ins. This year, this was not to be for a large group of runners who had joined me in participating in the Wild Horse Criterium of 2012.
As I am a beginner, I took part in the 12km race, whereas others had braved 36 and even 60km, yet still had a smile on their faces as they crossed the finish line. It didn’t matter though, there was a large sense of community, and a sense of belonging, even when I had chosen my faithful four legged friend to accompany me through the trails of the Glasshouse Mountains.
Understandably, there were murmurs of doubt that this was in fact, a good idea. Would she obstruct other runners coming the opposite direction to us, would she decide to leave a few presents along the way, all these questions, I already had the answer to in my head, but I still needed to prove that she was an athlete too, and was there for the same reason.
On Sunday 18 March 2012 Audrey and I did something no-one else in Brisbane has done, as far as we know. We took our dogs Guinness and Cinnabar into the Twilight Half Marathon. OK, so maybe it’s not up there with Kathrine Switzer’s first running of the Boston Marathon, but for us, it represents a big step on the road to getting dogs accepted as runners, and racers too.
The week’s weather was rainy and humid. We were a little worried about running with the boys – Guinness and Cinnabar – in rain for 21.1 kilometres, not because of the cold or water in our eyes, but because the dogs foot pads would be softened by exposure to water and may have been more prone to cuts, glass, or splinters. However the rain held off for the latter part of Sunday so with leads in hand we headed off to the wilds of St Lucia.
This morning found the Pooch team at the 4.9km Run with your Dog fun run, which aimed to raise funds for Guide Dogs Queensland. The venue was the lovely Roma Street Parklands. We were thrilled to see a fun run specifically organised to include dogs and their owners.
It wasn’t too warm when the race started at 7.30am, but by the time we finished, Guinness was starting to feel the heat a bit. There was no starting gun, which I thought was a great idea, for the dogs’ sake. The starter just yelled “Go!”. Francis and I followed a couple of faster runners out of the starting area but unbeknownst to us, some cyclists had removed the traffic cones that outlined the race course. So, we ended up following the others in the wrong direction.
Audrey and I were going to go trail running the other day at Kobble Creek while the kids were going to a Scout activity. I have a cold and Audrey has been away from the hills for a while. So we were under no illusions of setting a cracking pace, instead just wanting to spend a couple of hours in the outdoors together. It didn’t work for us – dropping kids off, driving home, driving out, leaving time to pick up the kids, etc. etc. it wasn’t going to happen – eighteen kilometres of unfamiliar trail was going to have to wait another day.
We went instead to a suburban nature reserve, Bunyaville, with Guinness and Cinnabar. Read More→
Parkruns are free timed 5k runs which are conducted by volunteers, and are held in many countries around the world. There are three parkruns in Australia, with a fourth on the cards for next year.
We’ve been trying to get along to a parkrun for a few weeks now, but work commitments and weather haven’t made it possible. Yesterday was the day!
The run was in New Farm Park, Brisbane, and the route followed the boardwalk along the riverbank. It was flat, and lots of people were out walking or cycling, enjoying the fine weather and the view. We were made to very welcome by the organisers; it’s always nice to see people relaxed about dogs joining in a fun run.