The Green Mountain Iron Dog Competition!
Get muddy! That is exactly what we got! (So few groups actually delivery what they promise). The weather was “perfect” when we left for Vermont on Saturday morning. It was raining, windy and 46°F.
Didn’t know what to expect, but our agility club friends assured us we would have fun. OMG! FUN! Did we have fun? I haven’t been that muddy since, well…ever! What did we do to get so muddy? We ran in a creek bed, we went under camouflage netting (1 ft off the ground), and up a hill that I’m sure was at a 90° angle. We crawled up that one. Did I mention bruises? The bruises came from other obstacles. There was the “smoke house” that we had to get through (bloody bunk beds), the fence thing we had to go over and finally I managed to hit a fallen tree with my shin. We were in the woods at the time…who can see a tree for the forest? Not I. The agility obstacles were actually easy for us.
About half the 51 teams entered in the competition were K9 law enforcement people. They were running the 1.5 mile circuit in about 16 – 20 minutes. Professionals. We managed to finish the course in 35 minutes. (They sent someone out to see if we were OK) 🙂
There are some great photos of the race. When the VTK9 people put them up I will post the link. Check under the fold to see results!
Runners were grouped by age. We were entered in the
Old Broads “Women 50 and over” category. There were three of us. One was disqualified. And then there were two. We took second place. (Full disclosure: Of all the times posted on Saturday our 35 minute run was the longest. ) Think tortoise and hare. Can’t wait to go back next year. With some training, we could take ten minutes off our time. No other team can say that.