Saturday, August 3, 2013

K9-4K Race

Today was the annual K9-4K race in Frisco, CO. 

This is a 4K race that you get to run with your dogs to benefit the local L.A.P.S. organization.

How did we do today... Wow - 2nd place overall and 1st place in my age group! Oh boy do Max & Zorro love to run races. You have to see the images and video from the start - it is pure Siberian Husky!

This clip is 3 seconds after the start (I kid you not!).
We are already in first place by a significant amount as Max & Zorro simply "took off" and
quickly separated us from the crowd. I do not remember my feet ever touching the ground!
What form - about 3.5 seconds from the start and I am practically airborne!
Okay, those two clips set the context. Below is the actual video of the start. It almost looks like we are running the race alone until a cluster of people & dogs finally runs by.

Alone at the front of the pack within the first 2 seconds of the race - Siberian Husky Power!
[watch on youtube if no video loads below]

Given this "shot out of the gates" at the start, how on earth did we get 2nd place, you ask? Well, the darned human is slow, the Siberians would not have relinquished this lead! Sorry guys (but, we only lost by about 10 seconds :-)

About 1/3 of the way through the race, the eventual winner passed us. The Siberians are about the only dogs in the race that are running in front of and faster than the human the entire race. As the winner passed us, with his dog slightly behind him trying to keep up, he joked, "I'd like to have those dogs next year!"

About 3/4 of the way through the race, we were passed again and fell into 3rd place overall. But, we kicked it up to another Siberian Gear on the home stretch and sprinted by this person and almost caught the winner. So, 2nd place overall - only because of the slow human. When we did drop into 3rd, momentarily, this runner joked with me as well and said, "I'd love to trade dogs with you!"

Woo - do Siberians know how to race or what!

3 comments:

  1. Way to go Brad, Max and Zorro......wish I had been there to watch!!! Love, Mom

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    1. Thanks... All 3 of us view this annual race in the beginning of August as our "end of summer commitments, now bring back the snow!" Too bad we still have 2+ months before the skijoring gets going again :)

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