Over 60 people and their canines participated in the Third Annual Dirty Dog 5K Trail Run, the fourth and final run in this year’s Second Sole Trail Run Series.
The Dirty Dog race took place at Cedar Creek Preserve in Northwood on October 29.
What is the difference between this five kilometer race and others? You can bring your dog along, or, don’t bring your dog along. It’s your choice.
The 5K is a fundraiser for the Wood and Lucas County humane societies. The idea was kicked around by his family before Beck got involved in organizing the event.
There are categories for human racers, including males and females under 10 years old, 11-20, 21-30, 41-50, 51-60, and over 60. There are also categories for the canines, including ages five and under, 6-10, and over 10 years old. The dog must be on a leash, by the way.
The course is stone, grass, and dirt contained inside the park. This year’s overall male winner is Michael Smith (18.13), overall female winner is Joan Matthews (23.54), overall masters male is Rich Oldrieve (21.310, and overall masters female is Dianna Ashton (25.24).
Male age group winners were: Under 15, Tyler Tusing; 15-24, Trey Fairchild; 25-34, Jason Kessler; 35-44, John Walz; 45-54, David Schetzsle; 55-64, Mark Beck. Females winners were 15-24, Kitty Shaw; 25-34, Chantilly Kessler, 35-44, Andrea Longenecker; 45-54, Marcia Wolford; and 565-64, Linda Shaw.
Among the dogs, in the under 5 age division, the top six in order, belonged to Brua-Ru Cunningham, Jasmine Andrzejewski, Bryce Walker, Ozzy Fairchild, and Leia Findling. In the 5-10 age group, the top six were Noelle Beck, Riley Walker, Carmen Sieverth, Rory Morris, Sydney Cody, and Chelsea Fenrich.
Mark Beck, an avid runner who races a few times each year without his dog, organized the event. He said two years ago there were 58 entries for the Dirty Dog, but last year it dropped to 30, so this year was a new high.
“Last year was an incredibly foggy day and there were two other races on this side of town on the same day, so we had a pretty light turnout last year,” he said.
The first year the Dirty Dog Trail Run was held in December. The temperature was 17 degrees. He said even in October it could get cold, so since his home is adjacent to the park, Beck plans to light a campfire in his backyard if anyone needs to get warm.
A volunteer at the park, Beck says it’s about Cedar Creek Preserve, too. A member of the Wood County Park District, the preserve is 42 acres on Walbridge Road with restrooms, a playground, hiking trails, and picnic area.