More familiar with the sound of traps springing open and greyhounds pounding the tracks, this September East London is hosting a whole new kind of dog race. Hackney Marshes sees the London debut of CaniX, canine cross-country racing, on Sept 11th as part of the Two2Go Family sport festival.
CaniX is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and sees owners and their four legged friends taking part in distance races together. Whether it is simply with a collar and lead or with the more dedicated running harness, dogs run alongside their owners (or occasionally pulling them along!) creating a unique and exciting experience for the runners, the dogs and the spectators! A wonderful way to get fit whist exercising your dog, CaniX is a unique discipline with competitive races taking place all over the UK and Europe.
Up until now, CaniX races have been mostly restricted to the countryside and large open spaces, but for the first time the dogs are going urban and are coming to London. Two2Go expect to see well over a hundred participants with dogs of all sizes and breeds race 5k around the famous Hackney Marshes. Anyone can take part and everyone is welcome with no special equipment, fitness level or training required – just a dog, a lead and a sturdy pair of trainers.
So come and join in with this brand new sport for London: CaniX – where your dog takes YOU for a walk!
Due to it’s original and innovative nature, Two2Go have been granted Olympic Inspire status for this event.
Two2Go family sport festival is taking place on Hackney Marshes, Homerton Road, E9 5PF on Saturday 11th Sept from 10am – 6pm. Other events include a trail marathon, 10k, 5k, guided historical walk, free drop in sport & exercise workshops, face painting, live music, art workshops and food & drink. Come and join in the count down to London 2012.
For information about entering the CaniX 5k race and registration, go to: https://www.canix.co.uk/shop/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=479
For more information about CaniX: www.cani-cross.co.uk
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