have the opportunity to participate at a discounted group rate in the annual "Run Like a Dog" 5K run/walk sponsored by South Bay Veterinary Hospital. The race is in its 11th year, and proceeds benefit the Thurston County Humane Society. Run Like a Dog is also a little different than your typical 5K in that it includes two divisions: a "human only" division that leaves first, shortly followed by a run/walk division with humans and their dog(s). It's a lot of fun!
For NTHS XC athletes, this opportunity is entirely optional, but does offer several benefits:
- It provides a low-key, fun and officially timed race for beginning runners
- It will serve as a good, flat and fast time trial for returning runners
- The race falls just before our first official practice on August 22nd, giving athletes an opportunity to enjoy the fruits of their summer preparation and to establish a good base for goal setting going into the season.
The race organizers have confirmed that NTHS athletes as well as their friends and family are eligible for the group rate of $20 per entry. However, in order to make the group rate work, the NTHS XC group will need to sign up and pay on the morning of the race between 7:30 and 8:30 AM, and we need to make sure we have at least 10 people committed. When you arrive, just go to the registration table and let them know you're registering for the NTHS Cross Country group. Also, I will be asking the captains to collect as many names as possible before the race so we can try to make sure there are enough T-shirts for everyone. The downside to day-of-race registration is that there is no guarantee that there will be enough T-shirts for everyone.
For more information about the race, the course map, etc., please visit the official race website here: http://www.runlikeadog.com/home.html
Enjoy the rest of the summer!