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California > Dog Valley Dog Marathon & Half Marathon
Dog Valley, CA

   

Date

Saturday, June 6, 2009


 
Event Details

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 with other 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 to reach.


Race 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.


Fees

No fees, though a donation to the animal rescue organization of your choice is strongly encouraged.


Registration

To reserve your spot in the summer 2009 running of the Dog Valley Dog Marathon or Half Marathon, send an email to voojack@dogvalleydogmarathon.org with your name and the name(s) of the dog(s) you plan to bring with you to the race.


Website

www.dogvalleydogmarathon.org



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