Dogs are usually asked to stay home during races but great news! There is a Vancouver race that encourages you to bring your furry friend. It’s the annual RunGo Dash for Dogs, a 2k walk, 5k and 10k fun run in Stanley Park. Cuski and I are back for another year because we love supporting a great cause and being surrounded by dogs.
Dash for Dogs on CTV Morning Live
Days before race day, we got some last minute promotion for this local race. Dash for Dogs Race Director Craig Slagel and BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Puppy Training Supervisor Matthias Lenz visited the CTV Morning Live studio to talk about the event and where the funds raised are going towards.
Watch the segment here.
5 Peaks reunion
The 5 Peaks crew supports the Dash for Dogs. Like last year, we had our tent there and showcased various swag that have been given out in past races. It’s the first opportunity of the year for us to get together and hang out before the series starts. Catching up with each other is definitely something one thing we look forward to at this race. We also enjoyed talking to everyone and spreading the 5 Peaks trail running love around. It must’ve worked because the first race at Alice Lake is now sold out… but you can sign up for the rest of the series now.
So many dogs!
Everywhere I looked, there was a cute dog. I pretty much lost Cuski right away because he was more focused on saying hi to as many dogs as he could. The grand total of pup-ticipants was 150, so I wasn’t crazy when I thought that there was a lot more compared to last year. Guess they all got their exercise quota for the day in one morning.
The best news is that this increased in attendance (of dogs and humans) means they exceeded last year’s donation total. Dash for Dogs raised a whopping $24,338 for the BC & Alberta Guide Dogs. These funds will help train puppies to be service dogs. They will, in turn, enhance the quality of life of those visually-impaired, who have PTSD or children with profound autism. Well done, everyone! Runners and spectators were also able to meet some service dogs, including experiencing a blindfold walk through an obstacle course with a guide dog-in-training. This was a great way to show how beneficial a guide dog is for people who need it.
Oh yes and we ran too!
Cuski and I were signed up for the Dash for Dogs 10K. They’ve changed the course to be 2 loops of the 5K course after last year’s snafu, where some 10K runners were misdirected. I’m glad they kept it simple… even though I’m not a huge fan of looped courses. It was a fun run after all, and finish times weren’t the priority. I was more concerned about enjoying the scenery and saying hi to friends along the way. The course was a good mix of gravel trails and seawall, x2.
Once the runners finished, they could either grab a celebratory pancake or hang out by the announcer and play games for prizes. I lucked out and got a prize. The emcee asked for someone wearing Salomon shoes and guess what, that’s my brand! For my prize, I decided to grab this RunGo ambassador shirt since I do love the app. I reviewed the app on my blog a while ago, which you can read here. I still use it from time to time, more so when I’m traveling. It also works on an Apple Watch so, theoretically, you don’t need to bring your phone with you when you run.
Thanks to the organizers for the great event. I already look forward to next year and seeing more dogs on the trail.
Would you run the Dash for Dogs? If you have a dog, tell me about your dog in the comments below.