Dogs have got the life here in Boulder. Think about it. At the sides of their human counterparts they can enjoy breakfast and a bowl of water on the patios of most area restaurants, they can hike the mesas and see the flatirons with us, and they can nap in the sun in the summer or romp around in the snow chasing snowballs in the winter, all the while with the majority of Boulder’s human population doting on them, loving them, scratching them, playing with them, and making friends with them wherever they go. Dogs are the reigning and most loyal companions of a huge number of Boulderites, and on Sunday, April 26th, our four-legged best friends will have the chance to partake in yet another activity with us, the Canine Classic 5k run/walk event at the Boulder Reservoir.
While many 5k races in the area encourage bringing dogs as running companions on their courses and to their after parties, the Canine Classic 5k on April 26th brings it a step further and makes pups the stars of the event. Prizes after the race will be awarded to the top male and female (human) finishers in each age group, the top male and female (human) finishers overall, as well as the top male overall running with a canine and top female overall running with a canine, ensuring that the athleticism of our four-legged running partners doesn’t go unnoticed. The efforts of participating pups also won’t go unrewarded, as vendors and booths after the race will have treats for both humans and their dogs alike. Dogs will be pampered from the start of the race to the end of the vendor fair and post-race activities, with large water troughs stationed throughout the course, vet technicians on hand to ensure their health and safety, and even a special dog waste vendor cleaning up after the pups just in case nature calls during their run.
The Canine Classic 5k will take place at the Boulder Reservoir and features an out-and-back course consisting of both dirt and pavement stretches. With same-day registration beginning at 7:00 A.M., vendor booths opening at 8:00 A.M., and the race itself beginning at 9:00 A.M., the event also includes a main lawn venue where spectators can watch the event and join in the festivities afterward. Proceeds of the race will benefit the Boulder non-profit organization Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA), and the event is a qualifying race for the Bolder Boulder 10k in May, for human participants at least.
After the race, human participants can enjoy an Avery Brewing Company beer garden, food, shopping at vendor booths, and live music from the Northern Colorado band Last Men on Earth. Meanwhile, pups can run free and off leash in the designated dog run and beach area within the event space, able to take a post race doggy paddle dip and socialize with other dogs, reveling in the excitement of making new friends, chasing their tails, and being admired for the cuddly and competitive, loving and athletic, pure and simple wonderful creatures that they are.
While bringing a canine companion along isn’t a requirement in order to run this race, it is certainly highly encouraged. A happy dog equals a happy dog owner, and April 26th will absolutely be a happy morning full of smiling jowls, blissfully lolling tongues, wagging tails, panting, flopping ears, treats, cookies, beer, sweat, competition, and happiness and exhilaration for all two-legged and four-legged participants alike.