On Sunday July 24, 2016- Sierra, Justice and Pam AKA the dog runner set out for NYC for the second day, but today was the big day of the NYC AMC Doggy Dash. The course was reduced from 5 miles to 4 miles in Central Park still being run alongside the triathletes. Before going into the hotel, the Midtown Hilton we made our way to Times Square for a quick photo op…….just like Skyler and Scout did before they attended the expo and then race! Aren’t we beautiful? We really do belong on Broadway sorta speak!!
Once we had our photo op, we moved on back to the hotel and headed up to the Doggy Dash expo/ briefing area, when we got there we met up with the 18 other teams running the next day, and the vet staff on hand! We were briefed on the race course, meetup places/ times and what we had to do, and safety notes the vet staff had for us on race day!
It was mandatory that everything go smoothly as the temperatures were high as usual but extremely high this weekend, for the safety of our canine companions as well as the human athletes (both with the dogs and the triathletes on the course!)
This was we walked into……We got a front row seat so we could really pay attention…..while we watched the slide show we saw Scout on the screen getting ready to run his race last year!
While we were hanging out waiting our turn at the vet check, we got to meet and greet our fellow dog and human (i.e. teams) a little bit……We couldn’t help thinking of Bill Benson, a member of the Greater Long Island Running Club who recently passed away, the week before the race……..he wrote something his granddaughter read at his funeral service…..where he mentioned that just as important or fun as running was before and after the race and the camaraderie between all the runners! I think the above photos shows this taking place between 2 and 4 legged friends alike!
They also found out at the briefing that the course was reduced to 4 miles as opposed to the 5 miles it was supposed to be, this was actually good as there was an EXTREME HEAT WARNING in effect!
After the expo, we headed home and rested for an early rise the next morning…..so we took it easy and slow and went to bed fairly early to rise early in the morning.
So a few minutes before 6am we headed back into the city……and met everyone at the start line…… where Pam aka thedogrunner gave Justice some last minute advice to keep her eye on her running partner for the day……Sierra also got her two barks in to give her advice Scout had given her!
The start time was around 7:30 am depending on when the first elite athletes crossed the finish line, as this was the safest time to get the dogs out on the course…..the biggest “lull” in the crowd of athletes and all…..I must add the NYC TRI staff really do plan things really well…..and paired with the NYC AMC everything was run so well!!
Soon we were off and running……
We ran to the halfway point then had to take a mandatory 5 minute (timed by a volunteer- and each dog had their own volunteer!!) break- longer if the dogs temperature was too high to continue….the vet staff held the right to stop the dogs race right then and there if they felt the dog was at great danger!….But both Sierra and Justice had to wait a little longer than 5 minutes (from 5- 8 minutes total)……and then they continued on……
Sierra led Justice the first half, then Justice led Sierra the second…..to be honest, the rest stop relaxed Pam too much and made it unbearable for her to comfortably run so they walked the second half more than ran……once we approached the finish line ……we had some photo ops by the event, check out Justice and Sierra running with their running partners for the race……
The finishing time above Sierra was the time of the triathlete…..who was doing so well he cheered Sierra on, go doggy, he said…..he was so bright and cheerful and if he reads this blog THANK YOU for your encouragement!!
After we crossed the finish line we headed over to the last vet check and then to hang out with our fellow teams, then we hung out to see the winners get there awarded FIRE HYDRANTS!!…..and a photo op or two!!