Dog-gone challenging run set for Sunday |

Dog-gone challenging run set for Sunday

Exercising dogs has never been a problem for runners. In fact, for many adults, the best running partner they’ve ever had has problem been a dog.

That unique bond will be recognized Sunday in the seventh running of the Trails and Tails at Spooner Lake State Park.

“The dogs seem to check out the people as much as the people are checking out the breeds,” said Staci Baker, who has directed the even all seven years.

Runners don’t need a dog to participate in the 10K and 5K runs and walks. But dogs who participate must be on a leash.

Day-of-the-race registration begins at 9 a.m. at Spooner Lake State Park. Entry fee for all ages is $32, which includes an embroidered sweatshirt, entry into a raffle prize drawing and a postrace party. Runners should also be reminded that there is a $5 fee to enter the park.

The 10K is a mountain run that will take runners toward Marlette Lake.

“It’s a pretty good challenge,” Baker said. “Coming back it’s like a rollercoaster. It will be stressful for people going up and stressful for dogs coming down.”

The top three finishers in each age division, male and female, receive custom medals, and the top overall male and female will be presented with a Nutro gift basket worth more than $100.

In past years, the Nutro Pet Foods-sponsored event has raised money for Tahoe Wildlife Care and Lake Tahoe Humane Society. This year, the proceeds will go to the Yerington Animal Protection Fund.

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