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Want to Run a Fast 5K? Let Your Dog Pull You to Greatness

This sort of canine-propelled racing strategy may sound strange, but only if you haven’t heard of canicross, a hybrid sport combining elements of cross-country running and dog sled racing. Canicross is growing increasingly popular in mainland Europe and the U.K., where it developed as a stand-in for sled racing in an environment where snowfall is rare. Ben Robinson and Blake cruise to a blazing fast 5K finish. Cheryl Chandler But most Americans are unfamiliar with canicross—and how a runner, like Robinson, who normally runs around 15 minutes for 5K can be pulled to a dog-aided sub-13-minute time. RELATED : Find Your New Running Partner at a Dog Shelter It begins with a new type of leash, said Dawn Crook-Richards, owner and event organizer for CaniX , a U.K.-based group that puts on canicross races. Dogs wear specially designed harnesses that allow them to pull from the che...

Full article: https://www.runnersworld.com/running-with-dogs/canicross-...

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