What we're about

Welcome Runners & Hikers!

This group is all about being out on the trails running (or hiking) with our dogs.

We welcomes EVERY level of runner. Whether you just got into running, an avid hiker or have been running marathons for years. It is all about meeting new people, getting outside, and having a great time on the trail. Do not feel obligated to run the entire trail. It's always ok to walk or hike it. :)

We'll meet at least twice a week at the trail head that is provided for that week (weather permitting). The trails will be all over the San Diego County area and east into the mountains.

We're always looking for more team members to help organize more meet-ups, if you're interested in wanting to host a meet-up or have any trail suggestions for us, please message, Kat Hammond.

We also support the sport of canicross, which is very huge in Europe and has been gaining traction in States. Scroll down to learn more about the sport of canicross!

See you out on the trail!
The Dog Trailrunning & Canicross San Diego Team

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/18576274111... (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1857627411160815/)
Instagram: @canicross_sandiego #canicrosssandiego

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You are probably asking, "What is Canicross?" Well, Canicross "is the sport of cross country running with dog(s)." It's a team run between you and your dog(s), very similar to sled racing but without the sled and 16 dogs. We (the humans) drive the direction of the dog(s) with voice commands through the trails. Canicross is great for getting yourself and your dog(s) in shape, building a strong bond between you and your dog(s), and can help give your dog(s) a job to do everyday. You can develop your Canicross Team further to the competitive level into Canicross Racing. Canicross Racing is a national and internationally recognized canine athlete & human teammate racing sport. The course is a sprinting race, and involves a of 3K to 5K trail course. Watch our Meetup schedule for race training dates. Our first race is February 2019, in beautiful San Pasqual Valley Mule Trail. Contact us for additional information.

Here are some Canicross videos from youtube to help get a clearer idea of what canicross is. Enjoy! :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9Jz_-A4_n4&t=10s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nks6a7YAR24
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjOwkSsBJxI

"What is Canitrail?" Canitrail, is similar to Canicross and involves a longer distance trail run. Sometimes, you will see Canicross & Canitrail used interchangeably, what makes the difference is the distance! Canitrail, is generally a 5+ mile trail run, and great for building up your canine endurance, and become an Enduro-Dog. We have a very active Canitrail group, and please refer to our Meetup Schedule for the run dates.

Examples of Canitrail race:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx51mPPz_5E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9dvKtk4r_Y

Upcoming events (5+)

Self-Paced Run or Walk at Rancho Penasquitos Canyon Trail - 2, 4, 7, or 13 mi

Hi Everyone, **All levels of runners welcomed! Please feel free to run at your own pace** Join us on, Friday, for a 2, 4 or 7 (your choice) mile trail run. This trail is a flat, wide & well groomed, mostly shaded, and features a water fall & creek, along with single tracks off the main trail. Please note: Rancho Penasquitos Canyon Trail contains multiple inner loops, and bridges. All trails are well marked and very visible, but can be confusing, please review the trail maps provided by us and the trail maps at the trailhead. If necessary, please bring your own copy of the trail map below. For Parking: Once pulled into the park, you are going to drive straight past the ball fields, until you see a dirt parking spots along the fence line. Click Link for PDF ... PENASQUITOS CANYON TRAIL MAP (https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/legacy/park-and-recreation/pdf/penasquitoscanyon.pdf) Alltrails.com Interactive Map: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/california/los-penasquitos-canyon-trail If you don't have specific canicross gear, no worries! We have canicross gear for you and your dog to try out at the run. Shoot Kat Hammond an message or email ([masked]), so she can get you all set-up for the run. Suggested Equipment: 1. Runners Canicross Harness (Not necessary, but will make for a more comfortable). 2. Canicross Dog Harness or a harness with an attachment at the back. 3. Runner's Bungee leash or Canicross Bungee Leash. If all you have is a regular leash, you can still run. 4. Water & Treats - For you, and your dog. Note: wag bags provided at Park. Looking forward to meeting you both! San Diego Canicross Team *Please, no dogs under one year old. Their bodies are not fully developed yet and need a bit more time to grow before pulling in a harness. **Dogs with shorter muzzles, i.e Pit Bulls, Boxers, etc. are not well suited for this sport, because of strained breathing issues, and heart stress. I'd hate to have anything bad happen to your pup. ***To protect the safety of your dog and other dogs at the meet-up, if your dog shows signs of aggression or aggression towards other dogs, we will have to ask you to leave the meet-up. We're for a low stress environment for Owners and their dogs...We're here to have fun!

Self-Paced Run or Walk at Rancho Penasquitos Canyon Trail - 2, 4, 7, or 13 mi

Hi Everyone, **All levels of runners welcomed! Please feel free to run at your own pace** Join us on, Friday, for a 2, 4 or 7 (your choice) mile trail run. This trail is a flat, wide & well groomed, mostly shaded, and features a water fall & creek, along with single tracks off the main trail. Please note: Rancho Penasquitos Canyon Trail contains multiple inner loops, and bridges. All trails are well marked and very visible, but can be confusing, please review the trail maps provided by us and the trail maps at the trailhead. If necessary, please bring your own copy of the trail map below. For Parking: Once pulled into the park, you are going to drive straight past the ball fields, until you see a dirt parking spots along the fence line. Click Link for PDF ... PENASQUITOS CANYON TRAIL MAP (https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/legacy/park-and-recreation/pdf/penasquitoscanyon.pdf) Alltrails.com Interactive Map: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/california/los-penasquitos-canyon-trail If you don't have specific canicross gear, no worries! We have canicross gear for you and your dog to try out at the run. Shoot Kat Hammond an message or email ([masked]), so she can get you all set-up for the run. Suggested Equipment: 1. Runners Canicross Harness (Not necessary, but will make for a more comfortable). 2. Canicross Dog Harness or a harness with an attachment at the back. 3. Runner's Bungee leash or Canicross Bungee Leash. If all you have is a regular leash, you can still run. 4. Water & Treats - For you, and your dog. Note: wag bags provided at Park. Looking forward to meeting you both! San Diego Canicross Team *Please, no dogs under one year old. Their bodies are not fully developed yet and need a bit more time to grow before pulling in a harness. **Dogs with shorter muzzles, i.e Pit Bulls, Boxers, etc. are not well suited for this sport, because of strained breathing issues, and heart stress. I'd hate to have anything bad happen to your pup. ***To protect the safety of your dog and other dogs at the meet-up, if your dog shows signs of aggression or aggression towards other dogs, we will have to ask you to leave the meet-up. We're for a low stress environment for Owners and their dogs...We're here to have fun!

Self-Paced Run or Walk at the PQ Duck Pond Loop - 3.5 miles

Hi Everyone! We'll be meeting for a 5k loop trail run. This is a technical trail and has a variety of trail conditions, from wide to single track, compact dirt to some rocks, and with mellow hill work. We are sharing this trail with mountain bikers. Bring your "well behaved & friendly" canine team mate for some team training. Post Run Coffee social near by if available! To get yourself familiar with the trail, the image above is the trail we will be running. If you don't have specific canicross gear, no worries! We have canicross gear for you and your dog to try out at the run. Shoot Kat Hammond an message or email ([masked]), so she can get you all set-up for the run. Suggested Equipment: 1. Runners Canicross Harness (Not necessary, but will make for a more comfortable). 2. Canicross Dog Harness or a harness with an attachment at the back. 3. Runner's Bungee leash or Canicross Bungee Leash. If all you have is a regular leash, you can still run. 4. Water & Treats - For you, and your dog. Note: wag bags provided at Park. Looking forward to meeting you both! San Diego Canicross Team *Please, no dogs under one year old. Their bodies are not fully developed yet and need a bit more time to grow before pulling in a harness. **Dogs with shorter muzzles, i.e Pit Bulls, Boxers, etc. are not well suited for this sport, because of strained breathing issues, and heart stress. I'd hate to have anything bad happen to your pup. ***To protect the safety of your dog and other dogs at the meet-up, if your dog shows signs of aggression or aggression towards other dogs, we will have to ask you to leave the meet-up. We're for a low stress environment for Owners and their dogs...We're here to have fun!

Self-Paced Run or Walk at the Main Tunnels - 3.1 miles

Main Tunnels Entrance (this is a houses address, not my house)

Hi Everyone! **All levels of runners are welcomed! Feel free to run at your own pace** We'll be meeting for a 3.3 mile loop trail run. This trail is slightly technical and has a variety of trail conditions, from wide to single track, compact dirt to some rocks, and with mellow hill work. Luckily, this trail is mostly shaded. In case, you have already run this trail, we will be running down Cardiac Hill. Bring your "well behaved & friendly" canine team mate for some team training. Post Run Coffee social near by if available! Ok, for direction, the address above is a residences home, it is not my residences. Park in the corner by the house and trailhead. To get yourself familiar with the trail, here is a link to the trail: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/california/main-tunnels-loop-via-deer-creek-trail If you don't have specific canicross gear, no worries! We have canicross gear for you and your dog to try out at the run. Shoot Kat Hammond an message or email ([masked]), so she can get you all set-up for the run. Suggested Equipment: 1. Runners Canicross Harness (Not necessary, but will make for a more comfortable). 2. Canicross Dog Harness or a harness with an attachment at the back. 3. Runner's Bungee leash or Canicross Bungee Leash. If all you have is a regular leash, you can still run. 4. Water & Treats - For you, and your dog. Note: wag bags provided at Park. Looking forward to meeting you both! San Diego Canicross Team *Please, no dogs under one year old. Their bodies are not fully developed yet and need a bit more time to grow before pulling in a harness. **Dogs with shorter muzzles, i.e Pit Bulls, Boxers, etc. are not well suited for this sport, because of strained breathing issues, and heart stress. I'd hate to have anything bad happen to your pup. ***To protect the safety of your dog and other dogs at the meet-up, if your dog shows signs of aggression or aggression towards other dogs, we will have to ask you to leave the meet-up. We're for a low stress environment for Owners and their dogs...We're here to have fun!

Past events (186)

Self-Paced Run or Walk at Tunnels/Santa Monica Ridge - 3.1 or 5.5 miles

This is a private home, it's not my home. It's the house that is next to the trail head.

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