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Tails for the Trails - 5k Casual Canicross

  • 25 Mar 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 693 Main Street West Newbury, MA


Please join us for ECTA's first ever Tails for the Trails, a 5k casual Canicross! Whether you and your canine partner are beginners or experienced Canicross runners this is an event for you!

Saturday, March 25, 2023
10:00 am race start
Pipestave Hill Recreation Area, West Newbury, MA

Registration fee: $25 ECTA members; $35 non-members.
ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES end of day Monday March 20th.
Registration will be available on the morning of the event starting at 8:00 AM -
same day registration fees increase $5 each.

All 2023 events will offer a $10 discount for ECTA Members.
Become a Member before registration!


Divisions: Men; Women; Youth (15 and under).
Prizes: Top 3 finishers in each division.
Hats guaranteed for first 75 registrants.
5k Course Map:
Our map (below) is also available on Avenza Maps gps enabled! Get the app and download the "ECTA Tails for the Trails 5k" map. More detailed instructions on using Avenza can be found on our website HERE.

Packet Pick-up: at Registration table morning of event starting at 8:00 AM.

Parking and race start: Plenty of parking at Pipestave (693 Main Street West Newbury, MA).

New to canicross? Canicross is the sport of cross country running with dogs. Originating as off-season training for the dog sled community, it has become popular as a stand-alone sport. To get started with canicross, all you need are a canicross harness, a bungee line and a canicross belt.


  • harness for dog
  • bungee leash (6ft long max)
  • human belt

Need gear? Check out our sponsors The Natural Dog in Hamilton and Newburyport, and online Nooksack Racing Supply!

One dog per runner.
2. Dogs must be attached to their runner at all times via a secure waist belt leash.
3. Leashes should be no longer than 6ft long – no retractable leashes allowed.
4. Dogs must be wearing a comfortably fitting harness where the attachment point is NOT the collar/neck.
5. No dragging, pulling of your dog - though they can pull you! Let your dog determine the pace.
6. Dog waste must be picked up in a disposable bag and placed in a trashcan at the water stop or start/finish area or in designated areas along the course. Failure to clean up after your dog will result in disqualification.
7. Please move to the side if another dog and runner wish to pass. Hold your dog close to you to minimize the risk of tripping other participants.
8. Make sure your dog is adequately trained for a 5k race. Keep your dog well hydrated before and after the event.
9. Dogs must be up to date with rabies vaccination.
10. Please do not leave dogs unattended and make every effort to keep your dog, other participants, and spectators safe at this event! Your dog is your responsibility.
11. Know your dog! Some dogs do well in high-energy settings with many other people and dogs, others do not. Make the right choice for your dog so they can be set up for success! Sometimes the right choice is leaving your dog at home.
12.  Human – dog teams should keep their space at the start.  

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