Posted by Luke Balvert
It’s time to get muddy with your pooch.
Sunday, 10 November TECT All Terrain Park will be overrun by dogs and their owners for the second annual Mud Dog Run.
Hosted by Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Tauranga City Council the unique event features a 2.5km and 6km run through the park with plenty of mud and water-filled obstacles.
“Our first mud run saw more than 250 people join in and we expect this number to be even bigger,” says Council’s Animal Services Officer Betty Hall.
“What better way to spend a Sunday than enjoying the outdoors and playing in some mud?”
Both the 2.5km and 6km courses will be run simultaneously at both 11am and 1pm – giving people the option of running at either time, or for those keen participants, both.
There will be coffee, food and drink options available to purchase on the day, though it is a cash-only event with no cell reception at the park.
Betty says while the first edition of the park run was hailed a success, the feedback was there wasn’t enough mud.
Something that shouldn’t be a problem this time around.
“We’ve got a fantastic course planned for this year.
“Climbing, running, crawling under cargo nets and taking a dip in a muddy pond. There is no doubt you will need a spare change of clothes.
“Everyone is welcome – even if you don’t have a dog – feel free to join us.”
Online registrations close on Wednesday, 6 November but entries will be still be taken on the day (cash only).
The Mud Dog Run is the first of eight fun run or walks in the Western Bay Wander Dogs Summer Series. Between now and April 2020 the series will stop in at locations including Waihi Beach’s Anzac Bay, Te Puna Quarry Park and Puketoki Reserve in Whakamarama.
For more information search Mud Dog Run at www.westernbay.govt.nz