Moxie is now 1 year and 7 months old. Hard to believe. She is both the most adorable pup on the planet and the stinkiest! Sometimes I have to leave my office for a moment if she’s let out a fart. But this post isn’t about dog shaming, it’s about Moxie’s first race!
I saw signs around town about a month ago advertising this event and signed up right away. Our little town of McMinnville is home to Oregon’s first No-Kill Animal Shelter, Homeward Bound Pets. This year was their 2nd Annual 5K Ruff Ruff Run and 1 Mile Wag Walk to raise money for their shelter.
Some quick notes about the race itself:
- Pre-race day registration is $25.
- It’s SUPER small. Maybe 40 to 50 participants? Some with dogs.
- It’s not timed. No real need. I have a Garmin for that.
- The course is not closed. Small town. Quiet streets.
- It was pretty much 3.1 exactly. Watch marked 3.17 by the time I stopped it.
- Two small hills but a nice downhill finish in the park.
We need to work on Moxie’s pre-race potty ritual. We made it MAYBE a quarter mile before Moxie had to stop, drop and poop. Thank heavens I had a poop bag on her leash and HUGE hugs and kisses to the volunteer on the next corner who took the poop bag from me! Quite a few passed by us because of this, but we caught up to almost all of them by the end!
Moxie was great. A bit distracted at the beginning with the other dogs, but not leash aggressive like I had feared she’d be. Once we got to mile 2 and everyone had found their pace, Moxie’s competitive spirit came out! She wanted to catch up to the next person or dog in front of us. Then the next. So I let her run out in front of me and pull me along (love our hands-free leash). As long as someone was in her sight, she wanted to catch them!
As we neared the finish, she slowed down to run beside me. Such a sweetheart. I think, with no one else in front to chase, she wanted to look at me and ask, “Okay, so what now?” The volunteers and founder of Homeward Bound Pets were clapping for and cheering us all in. Moxie got a lot of compliments and we helped ourselves to some free water and treats at the finish.
Fun Raffle & Prizes: In the spirit of FUNdraising, there were some killer raffle prizes (like a year’s worth of dog food and a giant bone) and a fun Best Of Show “competition” for things like Longest/Shortest Tail or Furriest Dog. Lots of non runners/walkers came with their pets just for the social aspect and to support the shelter. Overall it was a well organized event!
The Ultimate sWag Bag
It’s pretty funny when the best race swag bag you’ve ever taken home was all for your DOG. Actually, there was one treat in this bag that was for humans. So that was nice. She is being SO patient here but she can smell ALL that goodness on the table.
The nice thing is we’re shopping for a new diet for Mox. This is giving us a lot of healthy options that are available at our local Nature’s Pet Store.
And of course, the race shirt. It has the date and event name and foot/paw prints. So proud of my Moxie! We will DEFINITELY make this 5K a yearly ritual and hopefully get some of our human and fur friends to join us!
Now that we’ve got a 5K under our collar, I think we’ll set our sites on the Columbia Gorge Half Marathon in 2016 which allows dogs to enter!