Can my dog ​​run a marathon

                                 EVENTS with a dog

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At this point, running events are rated according to their "suitability for dogs". The criteria are terrain, supply options and the support of the organizer. The most beautiful running route can turn into a nightmare when boulders or even ladders repeatedly become an insurmountable obstacle for the four-legged friend, no stream runs through the sand dunes for over 50 km or the general rejection of dogs by the race management creates a bad mood.

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Winter pleasure marathon

42.2 km - 1,273 m ascent - circuit near Behringersmühle in Franconian Switzerland Information at: http://www.laufspass.com

5 of 5

Review by Andree

What else should I write about the winter pleasure marathon, IT CANNOT BE BETTER !!! The landscape of Franconian Switzerland around Behringersmühle is simply breathtakingly beautiful. The nature experience is accompanied by warm organization, friendly people and optimal supply conditions that put a smile on the face of runners and dogs alike. At this event, the only thing that counts is the joy of running and experiencing ... Just let Erwin and Dieter's photo reports infect you with my enthusiasm for this family run:

to Erwin's run report to Dieter's run report

     

     

  

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Olne-Spa-Olne (OSO)

65 km - 1,900 m ascent - circuit from Olne to Spa and back in Belgium Information at: http://www.courirpourleplaisir.be

3 of 5

Review by Jens

The Belgians and French show us how it is: They are relaxed when it comes to dog participation in running events. No problem! The only one who asked me about the rules for dogs was a German. And in the middle of the terrain, although there was no other runner to be seen a hundred meters in front of or behind us ... Olne-Spa-Olne is a demanding trail route that can only be tackled on all fours in some passages. 1900 meters in altitude on 65km require a good level of training - for humans and animals. At the end of November, dogs find plenty of opportunities to drink from fresh puddles and streams in the forest. At the refreshment points, the helpers are happy to give Ronja some bread and sausages. Actually an ideal Marathonhund.de route, if it weren't for the many pasture fences to be passed. Barbed wire, chicken ladders and turnstiles pose real problems for dogs. Once we even had to climb over a guardrail, and that's no longer fun after more than 40km. Another problem are bank reinforcements made of wire mesh, which dogs are reluctant to run over because the wire presses into the balls of the feet.
All in all, organizationally great, but only 3 paws due to the many obstacles.

  

     

 

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Review by Andree 

Are you afraid of mud? Does it annoy you to shower the dog or do you have a preference for white running shoes? If you can answer these three questions with a convinced "NO", then OSO in Belgium is the place for you! This event has a reputation for being a mud fight, and it does it justice. Except for a few meters of asphalt, the 65 km circuit runs over pastures, field and forest paths. The sometimes very narrow trails along slopes and the extreme inclines and declines on slippery surfaces require strong concentration and a well-coordinated team of dog and runner. Various hurdles such as rotating gates, fallen trees and other obstacles have to be overcome on this demanding, energy-sapping course. Otherwise the OSO offers pure running pleasure! Cool temperatures, a multitude of water points and 1001 ways to sprint through ankle-deep mud - what more could you want! Furthermore, the dog-friendly organization and pleasant participants ensure a friendly atmosphere. To evaluate this consistently successful event according to its suitability for dogs is not easy. This run is definitely unsuitable for beginners and teams inexperienced in the trail, as misconduct by the runner or dog can pose a significant risk of injury in some situations. Well-coordinated teams who like difficult terrain and see obstacles to be overcome as a welcome challenge will hardly find a more suitable run than the OSO. Conclusion: a great experience that demands a lot!

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Two dams tour

51 km - 1,600 m ascent - circuit from Bad Harzburg over the Brocken Information at: http://www.harznheavy.de

4 of 5

Review by Andree

The Zwei-Talsperren-Tour is a demanding run in a friendly atmosphere without a competitive character. You run in a small group over mostly paved paths. However, there are short climbing passages and narrow trails to be mastered in just a few sections, where the dog should be well trained and, above all, disciplined, otherwise it will be dangerous or the animal will refuse the passage altogether. There are plenty of drinking opportunities in this terrain, so this run is absolutely recommended for well-trained dogs. These are welcome at the organizer and even get a certificate, like all participants. The event is free and takes place with self-catering. to the run report

     

     

  

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Berg en Dal - mountain and valley

40 or 60 km circuit through the Netherlands near Nijmegen Information at: http://www.funrunner-heerlen.nl

5 of 5

Review by Andree

Berg en Dal - the run that actually deserved six paws! Anyone who thinks the Netherlands is flat will be in for a surprise in the region around Nijmegen. The very varied route runs through the most beautiful natural areas in constant ups and downs. From forest, field and meadow to heathland, everything is represented. The asphalt portion is kept within limits on the 60 km circuit, but small, busy roads are passed. Apart from the required level of fitness, the route can be managed with a dog without any problems, and the water supply is guaranteed. At the very warmly organized event, four-legged friends are welcome guests and, like every participant, receive an individually designed certificate. Berg en Dal is a run with a familiar character that I would recommend to anyone who loves landscape runs in a relaxed environment with nice people (and dogs). SUPER!!!

     

     

  

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STUNT 100

161 km - 3,858 m ascent - 100 mile run around Sibbesse near Hildesheim Information at: http://www.stunt100.de

5 of 5

Review by Andree

The Sibbesser Day And Night Trail (STUNT) 100 is a non-stop run over 100 miles, 160.9 km. There are 4 laps to be mastered (50, 50, 44, 17 km), which always end at the starting point. This makes it possible, if necessary, to pause the dog for a lap or to take it out of the race without having to end the event itself. Due to the small number of participants, the atmosphere is familiar, the routes are breathtakingly beautiful and dogs are welcome guests. The course consists of a well-balanced ratio of paved forest paths, overgrown trails and asphalt. Inclines and declines are demanding, but humans and animals can cope with them without major dangers. Along the route there are a number of natural drinking options, but the dogs are also lovingly cared for at the many supply points. There are hardly any better conditions for an adventure run with your four-legged friend. More than recommended, absolutely great.

     

    

  

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BAROCO MARATHON

42.2 km trail in one round through nature near Plasy, near Pilsen in the Czech Republic. Information at: http://www.barokomaraton.cz

5 of 5

Review by Andree

The landscape around Plasy is a dream! Low population density, endless field, forest and meadow paths along impressive rock formations and again and again streams and rivers. Here fun for dog and runner is guaranteed, even if the quite demanding course demands a lot. The atmosphere is familiar and dogs are welcome. In addition to the actual run, there is also an entertaining supporting program for non-runners. There are no language barriers as a large proportion of the local people speak German well. Payment can be made in euros and kroner at the start. Our conclusion: it couldn't be better !!! Five paws for a unique running experience with and without a dog.

     

    

  

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"AULA" (Amberger Ultra Run)

63 km group run in a largely paved circuit around Amberg Information at: http://www.st-michael-amberg.de

3 of 5

Review by Andree

The AULA is an event with a heart. The group runs without competition at an average of approx. 6 min / km, all income, the entry fee is a voluntary donation, goes to children's aid projects. Also on offer are distances of 10, 20, 30, 42 and 50 km - boarding and alighting takes place at the refreshment points, which should be started at fixed times - and this is done regardless of "losses". Times for "unplanned actions" such as going to the toilet, drinking a short drink from the stream or problems with the mastiff of a passerby are not planned and will not be forgiven. Once the connection is lost, you are suddenly alone on the unmarked route and can choose where to go. The short-distance runners who are constantly getting on board keep their pace well above the target range, so that a minute's break can be enough to lose the others on a winding section of the route. The large asphalt portion of the route brings with it not only stressed paws but also a natural water shortage, streams and puddles are rare. The group is often walked over busy streets, the group is escorted by fire brigade vehicles, if necessary "pushed" from behind. Otherwise, dogs are very welcome at the AULA and the atmosphere is quite informal. Conclusion: The AULA is a nice event with a good cause, but due to the poor choice of route, dogs will hardly ever be a real joy.

     

    

  

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TRANS SWISS RUN

478 km - 15,000 m ascent - in 8 days through Switzerland from Rorschach to Geneva Information at: http://www.ultravereinigung.ch

4 of 5

 

     

    

  

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