The Dog and I Won a Race! | Posted: 2006-10-15 08:18:45 | 4810 hits | View in Hi-Fi Mode

Well, our respective age/species divisions anyway.

Gus and I took part in the 5K-Family & Dog Fun Run & Walk down at Tempe Town Lake yesterday. It's really been awhile since I raced a 5k... since high school probably. And while I'm pleased with my performance as a runner over the years, I can't remember the last time I actually won anything as a solo runner.

Don't get me wrong -- I was hardly burning up the pavement as I ran.

I came in 13th over all. The 5k race took me 21:33, a 6:56/mile pace. (Official Frank Kush results here... I'm listed as Jon Koig due to very bad penmanship on my part.) Although I did win my age group according to the results, for some reason I didn't get a medal during the awards ceremony. Nor did the dog, sadly, who came in first among all dogs present at the event.

Not that that's a big deal for either one of us. Maybe I'm deluding myself, but I swear I could've run that race in under 19 minutes back in the day. I got beat by two highschool kids, one of whom came up afterwards and told me that he found strength in the fact that he though that Gus was going to get him if he slowed down. Gus behaved himself in the crowd, though, jumping neither on the hundreds of kids present, nor any of the other dogs.

I'm not necessarily sure they were expecting me to run with my dog. Take a look at the event title: "15th Annual Frank Kush 5K Family & Dog Fun Run & Walk."

To me, it looks like that says "Hey! Come race your dog!" I think, though, that what they had in mind was more of a 5k + a family dog walk. Or something. I'm not really sure. Given that Gus and I run down by Tempe Town Lake almost every day, I didn't let the ambiguity stop me.

I didn't see anyone else racing with their dogs, but I wasn't really paying that close of attention. There were big water dishes for Gus located right near the finish line and Gus got a ribbon for finishing. I got another t-shirt for the collection.

Racing with Gus isn't easy -- he likes to run, but he also loves to stop and pee on stuff. Also, dogs and water stops don't really mix well, since dogs actually have to stop and drink at a water stop, while humans just grab a cup and keep moving.. But, since it was a relatively short distance, he did alright. I had to drag him a bit at the end so we didn't have a really strong finish, but it was a lot of fun.


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