The Simplyhealth Canine Run is back for a second year with organisers promising the event will be even bigger and better.
Due to be held in Portsmouth on 19 October, the Canine Run 2019 will see more than 200 dogs – and their owners – run 2.5km as part of the Simplyhealth Great South Run Weekend.
Starting and finishing on Clarence Esplanade, the route will take both four-legged and two-legged runners along the scenic Southsea seafront.
The run takes place before the Simplyhealth Great South 5k and the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great South Run events.
An athletes village will be in place for four-legged competitors, which will also be rewarded with a collar tag and treat for taking part.
To take part in the run, all participants – both dogs and their owners – will need to be well behaved and fit enough to run the distance.
Sally Clarke, director of vets at Simplyhealth, said: “The Simplyhealth Great Run series promotes health and well-being and our Simplyhealth Canine Run offers an amazing opportunity to encourage and support the health needs of the furry members of the family, too.
“Canine fitness is all about the right diet, exercise and, of course, high-quality veterinary care.”
She added: “Having veterinary professionals join the team of volunteers on the day to share their expertise on preventive health is a great way to ensure positive messages are heard by thousands of people who want to keep their whole family, including their pets, in the best health possible.
“It’s a fantastic way for dogs to get involved in the fun and take on a challenge of their own.”
Vet Times. (2019). Canine Run bounds back for second year. [online] Available at: https://www.vettimes.co.uk/news/canine-run-bounds-back-for-second-year/?utm_source=VT+Newsletter+List+From+05-07&utm_campaign=0704d0bcdf-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_59c17dfd3a-0704d0bcdf-84498553 [Accessed 15 Jul. 2019].