Chances are, if there is an event involving running and dogs…my dad and I are probably there. Much like last year’s Run for Retrievers 5k, we found another race event benefiting dogs in our area! The Strut Your Mutt 5k was partenered with the SPCA of Texas, and brought in over 4000 participants, not to mention, almost every breed of dog you could think of was in attendance! The race took place in the Trinity Groves park of Dallas, and the race was definitely an ideal area for the four legged (and some three!) friends! There were poop scooper patrols walking around, several kiddie pools for pups to splash in, and free treats galore. My Dad and I would have loved to bring our dogs, but Hannah (my parents dog) is 11 years old and quite set in her ways and isn’t a fan of huge crowds, and mine and Jake’s dog Brinkleigh has zero concept of personal space and can sometimes be an instigator for dog arguments (I say this rather than fight since she’s less physically aggressive, and more of just a barker). We’re working on it though! I did almost leave with a puppy though. They had a few little ones up for adoption, and one looked like a baby version of Brinkleigh and was SO cute! Sadly, we don’t have enough room for another furry friend, but I’m hoping she went home with a nice family that day!
What I Wore:
- Nike Women’s Legend V-Neck 2.0 Short Sleeve Shirt (Here)
- Nike Pro Compression shorts (Here)
- Saucony Kinvara 6 (Here)
- Brooks Running Hat (Similar)
- Race bib belt (Here)
- Garmin Forerunner 10 (Here)
- Momentum Jewelry Motivate Wrap (Here)
- Leisure Loops Bracelet (Here)
Despite it being a near identical start to the Skyline 5k a couple weeks ago, instead, this course went through the Trinity Groves high line, and then looped around a nearby collection of warehouses (#scenic). The warehouse section caused the most trouble since most of the road was crumbly and uneven. The city of Dallas will spend millions to gentrify the neighborhoods, but absolutely zero when it comes to fixing the roads, I swear. Other than than that, the course was mostly flat, and despite lots of dogs on the course, there wasn’t a lot of trouble with feeling claustrophobic, nor did it seem like we were all tripping over each other (which tends to happens when you have excited pups participating). Both my dad and I did notice that it turned out not to be a full 5k. His running app, and my Garmin both had us around 2.86 miles. I’m kind of confused as to why you would market it was a 5k, and not have it as such, but oh well!
How I Felt:
It’s definitely starting to feel like summer in Texas, so the heat was present for our 8:30 am start time. Thankfully, it was tolerable and nothing too outrageous, but I was definitely sweaty at the finish line! The only trouble I experienced was trying to ignore the ever present scent of the dogs that had to stop and relieve themselves while on the course, but it’s expected when you most of your competitors are four legged and have no idea how to use a public restroom! Also, I saw two St. Bernard dogs (my favorite breed!) right before the finish line, so that made everything better!
This was easily one of the most vendor and booth friendly races I have ever been to! There were a couple rows of booths ranging from local pet rescue centers, food samples (for pups and people!), and even local artists! My dad and I each got a sample packet of dog food (that would later be stolen and half eaten by our cats when we weren’t paying attention), and a rope dog toy!
It was a great event for a great cause, and even though it wasn’t a “true” 5k, I’m certain I’ll definitely be in attendance next year! Here’s to hoping by next year my dog will be well behaved enough to be my +1 running buddy! If not, can I borrow someone’s dog…or?