Hot dog! Dogs, owners participated in the 5K Canicross Race in New Gloucester

Posted May 26, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
Gina Snow gets a big kiss from Dory, one of her Jack Russell terriers, after completing the 5K Canicross race.
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Gina Snow gets a big kiss from Dory, one of her Jack Russell terriers, after completing the 5K Canicross race. Buy Photo
Cue, a Jack Russell terrier, happily pulls his master Gina Snow of Mt. Vernon on the final stretch to the finish line.
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Cue, a Jack Russell terrier, happily pulls his master Gina Snow of Mt. Vernon on the final stretch to the finish line. Buy Photo
Nana the basset hound approaches the finish line.
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Nana the basset hound approaches the finish line. Buy Photo
A competitor waits for it's master. When nature calls, only the dogs were allowed to use trees at Pineland Farms.
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A competitor waits for it's master. When nature calls, only the dogs were allowed to use trees at Pineland Farms. Buy Photo
Buddy, a &quotgreyster" -- 3/4 German short-hair pointer, 1/4 greyhound -- gets doused with water after nearly overheating partway through the race. Although the temperature was only in the mid-50s, the Guilford, N.H., sled dog is more accustomed to racing in frigid weather.
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Buddy, a "greyster" -- 3/4 German short-hair pointer, 1/4 greyhound -- gets doused with water after nearly overheating partway through the race. Although the temperature was only in the mid-50s, the Guilford, N.H., sled dog is more accustomed to racing in frigid weather. Buy Photo
Jason Lawrence runs with Sob while his wife Kerri runs with Nana during the 5K Canicross Race at Pineland Farms Saturday.
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Jason Lawrence runs with Sob while his wife Kerri runs with Nana during the 5K Canicross Race at Pineland Farms Saturday. Buy Photo
A pair of dog exchange glares prior to the start of the 5K Canicross at Pineland Farms on Saturday in New Gloucester.
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A pair of dog exchange glares prior to the start of the 5K Canicross at Pineland Farms on Saturday in New Gloucester. Buy Photo
Hawkeye the dachshund and Trapper the corgi run ahead their masters -- Peter Slovinsky of Scarborough and George Alexion of Waterboro -- during the 5K Canicross Race.
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Hawkeye the dachshund and Trapper the corgi run ahead their masters -- Peter Slovinsky of Scarborough and George Alexion of Waterboro -- during the 5K Canicross Race. Buy Photo
Among the canine competitors were, clockwise from top left, Boston terrier Bodie Mitchell of Yarmouth; sheepdog Sob Lawrence of Waterboro; Alaskan husky Malo Dionne of Madawaska; and Skidder of Auburn.
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Among the canine competitors were, clockwise from top left, Boston terrier Bodie Mitchell of Yarmouth; sheepdog Sob Lawrence of Waterboro; Alaskan husky Malo Dionne of Madawaska; and Skidder of Auburn. Buy Photo
A competitor comforts her dog prior to the start of the race.
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A competitor comforts her dog prior to the start of the race. Buy Photo
Racers head down a hill at the start of the 5K Canicross at Pineland Farm in New Gloucester on Saturday. In canicross, runners like Jen Bower, foreground, wear elastic leashes attached to a waist belt to minimize shock to both human and dog.
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Racers head down a hill at the start of the 5K Canicross at Pineland Farm in New Gloucester on Saturday. In canicross, runners like Jen Bower, foreground, wear elastic leashes attached to a waist belt to minimize shock to both human and dog. Buy Photo
Racers travel in opposite directions where two trails run side-by-side at pastoral Pineland Farms in New Gloucester.
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Racers travel in opposite directions where two trails run side-by-side at pastoral Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. Buy Photo
A racer uses a hand-held leash attached to his dog's harness. Leashes attached to collars were not permitted.
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A racer uses a hand-held leash attached to his dog's harness. Leashes attached to collars were not permitted. Buy Photo
Racers head into the first turn at the start of the race. A small percentage competed to win but most participated simply for the fun of running with the dogs.
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Racers head into the first turn at the start of the race. A small percentage competed to win but most participated simply for the fun of running with the dogs. Buy Photo

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.

 

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