NORWAY — The October Cani-Cross held at the Roberts Farm Preserve was reported a success. A second event will be held Sunday, Nov. 18.

Fifteen canines and their human running partners ran in the second annual 5k cani-cross. Teams came from the Oxford Hills, from Lewiston/Auburn and from as far away as Connecticut. Cani-crosses are popular warm-season training events for mushers, but are also training opportunities for non-sled dogs outfitted with harnesses.

Scott Bottomley won the men’s category with a time of 25:59, with Andre Dube (26:56) and Craig Menkes (27:36) coming in second and third. Beryl Martin and her canine partner won the women’s division in 26 minutes with Lee Dassler (27:23) and Gina Snow (30:43) coming in second and third.

Jessica and Joey Daniels, two-legged runners, also competed. The mother and son duo completed the course in under 48 minutes. Following the race, a 2k dog walk was held to benefit Responsible Pet Care’s campaign to purchase a new animal shelter.

An additional 5k cani-cross will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 (rain or shine) followed by a 2k dog walk. Proceeds from both the race and walk will go to Responsible Pet Care’s new animal shelter campaign.

Race entry will be $10, and online preregistration is available at runreg.com. On-site registration will open at 8:30 am. Roberts Farm Preserve is located at 64 Roberts Road.

For more information, contact the Western Foothills Land Trust at 743-8820 or [email protected]


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