Applecross Vet Trail Dog Race Series

Trail Dog Race Series

trail dog race
What is a trail dog race series? Well if you have a dog you like to run with, then these races are designed just for you. It’s our version of canicross racing. A true canicross race is done on a cross country race course. But our races are held in our beautiful west coast forests on single and double track trails with lots of ups and downs. It is truly a different experience you and your dog will love!

The Applecross Vet Trail Dog Race Series wouldn’t happen without the financial support of Applecross Veterinary Hospital. A strong supporter of endurance events on central Vancouver Island.
applecross vet trail series

Locations are subject to change.

Date Name Location* Distance Surface+ Elevation+ Map
January 14 Trail Dog Race #1 Linley Valley ~5.2km 3 3 Coming Soon
February 11 Trail Dog Race #2 Lantzville Forest ~6.5km 3 3 Race #2
March 11 Trail Dog Race #3 Westwood Lake ~8.0km 3 4 Coming Mid January
Surface Key
1 = Paved or very smooth surface
2 = Groomed trail or dirt road
3 = Trail or dirt road with some rocks, root and/or ruts
4 = Trail or dirt road with substantial rocks, roots and/or ruts
5 = Very rocky trail
Elevation Key
1 = Flat or nearly flat
2 = Rolling hills, total climb up to 10m/km
3 = Hilly, total climb between 10-25m/km
4 = Very hilly, total climb between 25m-50m/km
5 = Mountainous, total climb more than 50m/km

*Locations are subject to change. All Distances are approximate.
+Surface and Elevation keys courtesy of Ultrarunning Magazine

Start Time

All races take place on Sunday mornings. Start time 9:00am
trail dog race

Registration

Online registration is strongly encouraged
Register Here

In person registration is available from 8:00-8:45am

Pricing:
3 races = $57.00
2 races = $38.00
1 race = $20.00
Race Day = $20.00

FAQs

Does my dog have to be on leash?
Yes, it’s what makes the race awesome.

Can I let my dog off leash once we leave the start/finish area?
No, the whole essence of a trail dog race is to run with your dog. As well, who wouldn’t want help being pulled up the hills.

Can I walk the course?
Absolutely! For the first two races there is a 3 hour time limit but that’s only because that is when the mountain bikers start their race at noon.

Why are these races not held in the summer?
We hold our races in the winter when it isn’t as hot for the dogs and it’s wet and muddy, two things most dogs love.

I don’t have a dog but I want to race?
Yes bipeds are welcome but you will just miss out on the awesome prizes…unless you’re really into rope toys and dog food.

Will there be a medical aid for my dog on site?
Yes, one of the Veterinarians from Applecross Veterinary Hospital will be on site for the duration of the race.

Location/Parking

Linley Valley Races

Parking is available on Rock City Road or Burma Road.

Lantsville Forest

Parking is on the street near Sywash Ridge and Normarel Dr.

Westwood Lake

Parking is available in the Westwood Lake parking lots.

Series Points

Place Points Bonus Points
1st 10 Points Complete 2 races +5 points
2nd 9 Points Complete 3 races +5 points
3rd 8 Points
4-10th 7-1 Points

Volunteers

I am always looking for volunteers to help with timing and safety; for those of you who would like to volunteer you will get 5 race points and my deepest gratitude. Please contact me if you can help.

Aid Station

There will be a simple aid station at the Start/Finish. If there are enough volunteers I will put out a water station half way through the long run course.

Awards

There will be a small awards ceremony after the last race!

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