Downeast Dog News

Soldier's Pace 5k Canicross and Trail Race

Smiling Hill Farm
781 County Rd, Westbrook, ME 04092
Jocelyn Potthoff
Sep 23, 2018
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, each day roughly 20 Veterans commit suicide. 
What’s more alarming is that veteran suicide accounts for 18% of all suicides deaths while Veterans only make up 8.5% of the adult population. We hope to change that.

The 3rd Annual Soldier’s Pace Canicross Race will be a 5k timed race through sprawling Smiling Hills Farms, in Westbrook, Maine just minutes from Portland. The race and all proceeds are to benefit “K9s on the Front Line,” a nonprofit organization that works to rescue shelter dogs by training them to be certified service dogs and thus fit to assist suffering PTSD/TBI military veterans.

The sport of canicross is an event in which one runs with their dog.  A harness or belt around the waist is worn by the human runner, and a harness is worn by the dog.  The dog, in more competitive events, is to run in front of the person at all times, though in amateur gatherings exceptions are made! It is a pulling sport for some, with active vigorous participation from the human and for others it is a stroll with man’s best friend by their side. The beauty is the health benefit for both participants on an outside trail setting.

This year we are adding a separate 5k trail run for those who would prefer to run without a dog! We are opening the event for all trail runners to participate at this scenic venue.

In addition to the races, there we are anticipating be pet activities, live music, pet and food vendors as well as photography. After the race participants are encouraged to time enjoying the “farmscape”.

Our event date is September 23rd, and we’d love to invite you to be a part of it! The event will take place between 9am and 1p, and the race will begin at 9am.

Note: Please register before September 3rd to secure a T-shirt.

See you there!