NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine – The canine athletes came in all shapes and sizes.
There were big ones and little ones. Some had very long hair and others had very short legs. Some were built for speed and others, well, made you wonder if they could cover the entire 5-kilometer course by nightfall.
But they all had one thing in common: a love for running in the woods with their masters.
About 150 human-and-dog teams competed Saturday in the 5K Canicross Race — a sport that evolved as a form of warm-weather training for sled dogs but is obviously enjoyed by nearly all breeds.
It was one of seven off-road races held during last weekend’s Salomon Trail Running Festival at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester.