canine-running-event-on-beachUp for a challenge? Do you like to get outside with your dog and meet other like-minded people? Or do you just like to see a whole lot of dogs hanging out in one spot? Sounds like you? Then get yourself off to a doggy event that’s happening in your neighbourhood today. For us, it’s only one week to go until the Canine Challenge (held on the Cairns Esplanade), and Scooter and I are already primed……….

Dog events come in all shapes and sizes (and so do the dogs). From the Dog Mud Run at the Mountain Games in Colorado, to the ever popular Million Paws Walk that the Australian RSPCA hold annually. The good thing about these events is that you can get as active and involved as you like.

My first experience of a local ‘doggy’ Fun Run/Walk was the Bark in the Park held in nearby Port Douglas. This event was raising funds for a local shelter called Paws + Claws. The canine running was held nice and early, and along the scenic 4 Mile Beach in Port Douglas. There were plenty of people and dogs who were keen to run the race, but there were also many others happy to walk the course and soak in the atmosphere. Everybody that participated received a Show Bag packed full of doggy goodies thanks to the sponsorship of the local PetStock store.

canine-running-showbagsMajor sponsors PetStock will be at it again for next week’s Canine Challenge – every entrant will receive a promotional bag full of fun stuff for their dogs. There will also be prizes for those that make it first over the line. What I like about these prizes is that they won’t only be judged on the top few runners, but rather based on the dog sizes. A good runner with a smaller breed will still have a chance at winning when they cross the line later.

There will also be two options for participants: a 3km or a 5 km course. I’m not a runner so I’ll be opting for the shorter version (and besides Scooter will be run earlier on the cycle to help him be calm for the event).

If you’ve attended the Million Paws Walk before you’ll know that there can be lots of follow up activities after the main walk. This is fun but it can often make for a long day. According to Taras Jakubovsky, manager of PetStock, the Canine Challenge is “like a Million Paws Walk on steroids – Fast, Furious, and Quick” – and what’s more, it leaves the rest of the day for you and your dog spend how you wish.

Million-Paws-Walk-dog-event-CairnsSo what do you need if you come along? A friendly dog, running shoes and a bag for the ‘doggy deposits’ is a start. If you can, follow this link to register before the day and be there at least 30 minutes before the start time (7am). I’ll be down there with my dog Scooter and my kids and you may even see me break into a ‘run’ at times. If you’re local make sure you give us a big wave.

Do you have similar ‘doggy’ events in your community? Do you and your dog like to participate and get involved?

This post is also part of the Fit Dog Friday Blog hop.