Viking Dash - Atlanta, GA

Sat February 15, 2020 Fairburn, GA US 30213 Directions
Viking Dash Atlanta - Canicross Division

We are excited to partner with North American Canicross to bring you Viking Dash - Canicross!  

What is Canicross? 

Canicross is running cross country with your dog. The difference between canicross and just regular trail running your dog, is that canicross is powered by the dog! Special harnesses are used to allow the dog to have optimal and comfortable pulling. Dogs are connected by a bungee lead: no longer than 6 feet, which is then attached to a special running belt on their owner. The belt and bungee lead allow for shock absorbency and keep the owner from any back injury. 
The Human / Dog Team

The dog may be pulling, but the owner is the driver! Dogs are taught special commands for things like "left", "right", "slow down", "speed up" etc. The goal is to work as a team to get to the finish line!

If you would like to participate in the Canicross division please read the rules carefully AND please read and sign the canicross waiver during registration.  

North American Canicross will be onsite to answer your questions about Canicross.  

Canicross Rules: 

  • The dog has to be older than 18 months.
  • The dog has to have a valid anti-rabies inoculation and has to have a certificate of vaccination
  • Pregnant and lactates dogs are not allowed. Injured or sick dogs are not allowed.
  • Pinch collar, choke chain, face leads and flexi leads are not allowed before, during or after the competition
  • The dog is allowed to wear a muzzle, but the dog has to be able to breath, drink and eat.
  • Dog must be kept under proper control by the owner, competitor, or handler
  • No Punitive correction or harsh handling of a dog during a race or at any time while at the event
  • Dog must be on a line no more than 6 feet in length
  • Race Director is allowed to remove any competitor if dog or owner does not comply for the safety of other human and dog participants.

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