On September 17, during the European mobility week, the valley of Minija, located in the town of Gargždai, saw the first amateur canicross competition in Lithuania. People aged 7–35 (and their dogs) participated in the event.
“Canicross is simply brilliant, making people exercise and indulge in active leisure with their pets. This activity is beneficial both to the pet and its owner, thus we agreed to support the competition immediately“ said Ramūnas Severinas, Corporate Affairs Manager at Mars Lietuva – the main sponsor of the event.
The event “Canicross Gargždai 2011” was organized by Klaipėda district municipality bureau for public health. In Lithuania, canicross is promoted by the club “Fluidus” and the Lithuanian Federation of Sleddog Sport.
Canicross is an official sport – the running or walking your dog in harness with a special rope that has a shock-absorber. The shock-absorber protects the pets back but, first and foremost, ensures that it feels comfortable during the walk or run.
Canicross originated in Europe as a method to train harnessable dogs and quickly became very popular, especially in England. Today, canicross is a great way to keep your four-legged companion and yourself fit since it has no age or physical training limitations.