ARDSLEY – Canine friends in Westchester County and nearby regions are getting ready for what could be the largest dog gathering in the area this year.
Westchester Parks Foundation, the leading advocacy organization of the county parks system, is hosting the second annual Mutts on the Mountain races at Blue Mountain Reservation, a Westchester County park located in Peekskill.
The event will take place on Saturday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to noon.
“Last year, we had hundreds of residents with their dogs and puppies participate in Mutts on the Mountain, so we’re thrilled to be back this year for an even more exciting event,” said Joanne Fernandez, Westchester Parks Foundation Board Chairperson. “This is a great opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors at one of our county parks. We’ve updated our 5K and 1M routes and trail markers this year to make them clear and friendly to runners of all experience levels! It’s tons of fun for everyone who comes.”
The second annual Mutts on the Mountain 5K Trail Race and Lazy Dog 1M Fun Run is back for more tail-wagging, trail running fun. Area residents can bone up on their human-canine running skills for the only timed trail race of its length in Westchester County that permits people to run with their furry friends. News12 Westchester Reporter Scott McGee will host the kick-off of the event.
Locals can participate in one of two races:
- 5K Trail Race –For the more serious partners in crime, there are 3.1 miles to conquer, featuring steep climbs, rock scrambles and nearly 500 feet of elevation gain. This course will keep trail runners on their toes and keep those running with their canine companion focused on what waits around the bend. Participants will find an aid station (water for human and canine participants) 1.6 miles into the course. Human participants who don’t have a canine companion are encouraged to participate in this course (there will have three waves, the first being for dog-less participants). Check-in is at 8 a.m. The race begins at 9:15 a.m.
- Lazy Dog 1M Fun Run –This 1-mile romp is perfect for humans who tire easily as well as small and older dogs who can’t quite handle the 5K course’s “ruff” terrain. Participants will be able to explore a portion of Blue Mountain’s extensive trail system while taking in views of the lake. Check in at 8 a.m. and hit the course at 9:30 a.m.
Registration is open for both Mutts on the Mountain races – $50 for each human-canine entry in the 5K Trail Race and $25 for each pair in the Lazy Dog 1M Fun Run. All registrants get a dri-fit custom Mutts on the Mountain t-shirt and all canine participants get a custom “Mutts” on the Mountain bandanna. In addition to the races, spectators are invited to attend the event free of charge. The Village at Mutts, nearby the start and finish lines, will feature a doggie exercise area, food and drinks to purchase for humans and canines and vendors.
Sponsors for this event are TD Bank, Captain Lawrence Brewing Co, Robison Oil, Masterwork Plaques, Club Fit, LL Bean, BarkBox, KIND Bar, ShopRite, WHUD/107.1 The Peak and Westchester Magazine.
Funds raised support Westchester Parks Foundation’s mission to engage the public to advocate for and invest in the preservation, conservation, use and enjoyment of the 18,000 acres of parks, trails, and open space within the Westchester County Parks system.
Blue Mountain Reservation is located at 435 Welcher Avenue in Peekskill.
For more information on how to register, call (914) 231-4600, or visit thewpf.org/event/mutts2017.
For more information about Westchester Parks Foundation, visit www.thewpf.org