California > Dog Valley Dog Marathon & Half Marathon
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Designed for dog lovers who enjoy running and exercising with their
pets, the first annual running of the Dog Valley Dog Marathon &
Half Marathon will take runners on an early summertime tour of
California's Dog Valley, so named for the packs of dogs that once ran
wild through its meadows, hills and mountainous terrain, bordered by
trees and criss-crossed by streams throughout. The race is something of
a new experiment for the race organizers, who ask all prospective
runners to be sure their dogs are prepared for accompanying them on
either a 13.1- or 26.2-mile run, and that they are able to get along
dogs and runners without incident along the trail.
The race course consists of two 13-mile loops, giving participants the
choice of running either the half or the full marathon (and to decide
mid-race which course they wish to complete, depending on how tired --
or not tired -- they and their pets are). The race requires some
high-elevation running, as both courses begin at about 5,700 feet above
sea level and rise to a peak height of about 7,200 feet above sea level
by the mid-point of each of the two 13-mile loops.
The terrain for the course will take runners across a combination of
mountain trails, grassy meadows and roads suitable for all-terrain
vehicles, and will start and finish near the Mitchell Canyon area of
Dog Valley, just a few miles east of the Dog Valley Campground.
Organizers say the roads to the race start and finish are dirt roads
that are "a bit rough," but do not require a four-wheel-drive vehicle
Weather & Climate
Nestled among the mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in
Northern California, about 20 miles west of Reno, Nevada, Dog Valley
typically experiences weather much like its neighboring town to the
west Sierraville, which usually sees mild to warm weather conditions in
the early and mid-summer, with relatively little precipitation compared
to the spring, fall and winter months. In June, the area's average
monthly temperatures range between 76°F and 41°F, while
rainfall totals average around 0.45 inches for the month.
No fees, though a donation to the animal rescue organization of your
choice is strongly encouraged.
To reserve your spot in the summer 2009 running of the Dog Valley Dog
Marathon or Half
Marathon, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with your name and the name(s) of the dog(s) you plan to bring with you
to the race.
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