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Welcome to the Official Site of The Y in Central Maryland Turkey Trot Charity 5K! We are excited to have you join us for this Thanksgiving morning tradition.

Adults, children and families from across the region come together to not only run (or walk, jog, stroll), but to raise funds so that children living in poverty in Central Maryland have access to Y programs that will forever shape their lives.

Thank you for being part of something good on Thanksgiving Morning!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Running with Dogs & Strollers

We live in world of multitasking so it is no surprise that many runners have to run while pushing a stroller and/or holding onto a leash! Since strollers and dogs are welcome at our Y Turkey Trot Charity 5ks we thought we would give you some tips on how to best conquer this challenge.

Running with a Stroller

  1. Start with the correct equipment. It is not safe for you or a child to be running with an umbrella stroller or a travel system stroller. Walking, yes, running no. For running, you will want to invest in a jogging stroller, which provides shock absorption. If you are not going to make running a habit, a full-size stroller can be used for something like a family 5k.
  2. Read your stroller's safety information. Babies should be at least six months old before you take them for a run due to the inability to hold their head up, but please check with a doctor before proceeding.
  3. Have realistic expectations. Set out knowing that it will be challenging to run with a stroller. It will be more difficult to run without swinging your arms and pushing weight up a hill. 
  4. Know your route. We recommend starting somewhere you know and away from high traffic areas.
  5. Use the wrist strap. You do not want the stroller running away from you.
  6. If running in a group, like a 5k, start in the back.
  7. Get out there and do it! There is no time like the present, however far you go today is a success.
Running with a Dog

  1. Get real. Is your dog healthy enough to run with you? Are they well-trained enough? If not, start with short distances.
  2. Get the wiggles out. Play tug, rough house, take a quick walk around the block so that you can start with a calm dog.
  3. Pick a side. What side will you want your dog to stay on? Do not let them weave in front or behind you.
  4. Do not wrap the leash around your wrist. If your dog jerks, you do not want to be pulled over, so hold the leash in your hand.
  5. Warm up. Just like any other run/jog, warm up first.
  6. Train your dog like you would a friend. Is your pup falling behind? Give him some encouragement. Pup panting hard or foaming at the mouth? Let up and walk a bit. Motivate one another.
  7. Take dog bags. You may be running, but you are still responsible for picking up after your pet.
  8. Check their paws. When you are finished check their paws for any raw spots.
  9. Hydrate. Both you and your furry running partner should be sure to drink plenty of water after your run and even a little during.
  10. Have fun!
Image from: http://www.exceptionalcanine.com/


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