Featured image: A human-dog team competes in a previous Methow Valley Doggy Dash. (photo courtesy Okanogan County Tourism Council)
The Methow Valley Doggie Dash is a race unlike any other. Every year, dogs and their human companies gather at the Winthrop Town Trailhead in Winthrop, Washington, to compete for the Golden Poodle Award.
This year, they’re returning Sunday, February 18.
The rules are simple:
- Each team contains one human and one dog.
- Humans must ski.
- Dogs must run.
- Both must be connected by a non-retractable leash.
In addition to the race, there’s a costume parade. Prizes are awarded for the best costume.
If you’re interested in competing, register at the Winthrop Town Trailhead on the day of the race. There’s no fee, but donations are appreciated for trail upkeep.
Here’s the schedule:
- Registration for racing teams, 9-9:45 a.m.
- Costume parade, 10 a.m.
- Race heats start at 10:10 a.m.
For more information, visit the Methow Valley Doggie Dash’s website.
Winthrop is located in northcentral Washington. It’s a 4.5-hour drive northeast of Seattle and 7.5 hours from Portland.