Hey everyone! Bailey here. I wanted to give Kevin a break from blogging, so I am filling in today with a guest post. So, why am I posting today? Well, because I did my very first 5k on Saturday, the appropriately named Bailey’s Doggie Dash.
The race took place just outside of Grand Rapids at a campground so we got up nice and early drove over. I was freezing! There was all this white, icy stuff on the grass that Jennie and Kevin called frost. I did not like that at all. We got to the race just after 8:00 – I don’t know why Kevin insists on getting to this races so early! I could have slept in some more.
I was a little bit nervous as this was my first race ever. The nerves got the best of me and on the way to registration, I earned my first pukie. Dogs can earn pukies right? So embarrassing!
After getting registered, I proceeded to go
sniff some dog butts introduce myself to my competition. The competition sure was fierce! There were almost 100 dogs – more dogs that I had ever seen before! And all sorts of sizes – from the big slobbering mess of a St Bernard all the way down to a long skinny dachshund.
Then it was time for pictures… so embarrassing! I retaliated by refusing to look at the camera. That’ll show them!
In no time, we were lining up at the start. Everyone was so exciting and we just could not contain our barking. We just wanted to run!
And we were off! I took off only be restrained my the length of my leash. Come on guys! I want to go faster! We were going down a hill and there were dogs everywhere! We were all in agreement that we wanted to go faster than our leashes were allowing.
The course was a lot of fun! It was lots different than what I am used to. Normally my trainings runs are on the paved sidewalk, but this was on grass, dirt trails, and even on a sandy beach.
In no time we were passing mile 1, then mile 2, and all of a sudden we were making a final sprint to the finish line. Whew! I did it! My first official 5k!
The post race food was awesome! I had a fresh bowl of water all to myself because I don’t like to share my water with other dogs. I’m a bit of a germaphobe. I wonder where I get that from?
They also had a buffet of dog treats as well! Yes please!
Ugh. Jennie and Kevin wanted another picture with. Fine. I got a dog treat, I’ll pretend to enjoy it. This is the last one right???
Once all the other dogs finished up they had a
comedy show costume contest. Boy am I glad I didn’t get stuck wearing a costume like all these other silly dogs did.
This dog in a banana costume was too ashamed to even look at the camera. I talked to him and his only consolation was that his owner was dressed up like a monkey which made him feel less bad about himself.
They had 4 “winners” (if you can call being humiliated in a costume “winning”) of the costume contest. The banana dog above, a dachshund being swallowed by a shark (which probably would have been preferable to wearing the costume), a whole family of 3 dogs dressed as the scarecrow, lion, and the tin man with their daughter dressed as Dorothy (each of those dogs were thinking “There’s no place like home”). And then finally, another dog named Bailey dressed as an ice cream sundae. Notice how none of the dogs are looking in the camera?? Poor guys – I felt bad for them.
humiliation costume contest they moved on to the real awards. Kevin started off by winning the raffle. I really like the orange pumpkin and am thinking of confiscating it is a chew toy.
Then they got to the race bling. I won! 1st in my age group!!! I can’t believe that I podiumed in my first race ever! I got a super cool trophy and a new dog bowl. Now, I need someone to build me trophy case.
I like the bowl the best!
After I got my award, we headed back home. Boy was I tired!
Just one question. When can we do it again??
Thanks for reading!