It’s a Canine Climb With the Annual Mutts on the Mountain 5K

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
What’s better than a beautiful fall run in the mountains of upstate New York? Your faithful, furry friend right beside you!

See Spot!

See Spot run!

If that’s what you’re looking to do, and you happen to find yourself in the beautiful Peekskill, NY area this fall, you’ll find yourself barking up the right tree!

On October 1, 2016, The Peekskill Parks Foundation is hosting the 1st Annual Mutts on the Mountain 5K and Lazy Dog Fun Run. This race is the only timed trail race in the tri-state area that allows your four-legged athlete to run with you! Bipeds interested in hiking, jogging, running and even walking will receive a dri-fit Mutts on the Mountain t-shirt, and not to be undone in the snazzy swag, all canine runners will get a custom Mutts on the Mountain bandanna.

Related: How to start running with your dog

There will be two different courses available for you and your racing buddy. The Mutts on the Mountain 5k course is 3.1 miles and has lots of steep climbs, water crossings and of course, some ‘ruff’ terrain to keep your pup excited about the run. And, though we can’t imagine why you WOULDN’T run with your dog, if you choose to participate without your pooch, you can still join the fundraising-fun, as the 5k will be run in three waves, with one being for dog-less participants.

Should a 5k be just a bit more than you (or your mutt!) want to tackle, the Lazy Dog Fun Run is just for you. It’s a mile, and is perfect for small dogs or older dogs that still want to feel like they are in their glory days. And, it’s perfect for those ‘lazy’ humans who would enjoy beautiful views of the lake as they stroll with their best friend.

Knowing that Fido will want to celebrate at the end (or, maybe even the start!) of the race, the Village at Mutts will feature a dog spa, food and drinks for humans and pets alike, as well as fun demonstrations for the whole family. Many sponsors will have giveaways, so be sure to check out the goods from vendors like L.L Bean, Barkbox, Eastern Mountain Sports, Peekskill and more!

If you’d like to take part, you can register directly on the park’s registration site.

And while we can’t guarantee that you won’t be dog-tired at the end of the day, we’re sure your canine buddy will consider himself one lucky dog for the experience!

Lori Ennis
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