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Second Annual Soldier's Pace 5k Canicross Race

Proceeds to benefit  K9s on the Frontline" nonprofit

Smiling Hill Farm

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Image may contain: one or more people, grass, tree, outdoor and natureThis year Maine Veterinary Medical Center will be hosting our 2nd Annual Soldier’s Pace Canicross Race – a non-profit fundraiser.

The canicross will be a 5k timed race through sprawling Smiling Hills Farms, in Westbrook, Maine just minutes from Portland. The race and all proceeds are to benefit “K9s on the Front Line,” a nonprofit organization that works to rescue shelter dogs by training them to be certified service dogs and thus fit to assist suffering PTSD/TBI military veterans. 

Approximately 1.7 million dogs are euthanized annually in the U.S. At the same time, more than 8,000 Veterans commit suicide, many of which have been suffering from PTSD (source: northedgek9.com)

The sport of canicross is an event in which one runs with their dog.  A harness or belt around the waist is worn by the human runner, and a harness is worn by the dog.  The dog, in more competitive events, is to run in front of the person at all times, though in amateur gatherings exceptions are made! It is a pulling sport for some, with active vigorous participation from the human and for others it is a stroll with man’s best friend by their side. The beauty is the health benefit for both participants on an outside trail setting.

In addition to the run, there we are anticipating be pet activities, live music, pet and food vendors as well as photography. After the race participants are encouraged to time enjoying the “farmscape”.  

Our event is set for September 24th, and we’d love to invite you to be a part of it! The event will take place between 8am and 1p, and the race will begin at 9am.