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What should I expect at the Virtual Harpoon Dogtoberfest?
Harpoon Dogtoberfest is a dog-friendly Octoberfest celebration! Although we cannot be together in person this year, we do want you to be able to feel the spirit of Octoberfest at home. With the purchase of a ‘Wag Bag’ you will be encouraged to still complete a 1-Mile Fun Walk/Run with your pup and end with a special limited-edition Harpoon Dogtoberfest beer and a Bow Wow Brew for your pup! To see what else the Wag Bag has, click here.
What is a virtual run?
Our version of a virtual run is an event that can be run (or walked) from any location you choose. You can do this on the sidewalk, on a track, on a treadmill or on a trail, as long as you use recommended safety precautions. You get to complete this mile at you and your pup's pace, and time it yourself. Please be sure to follow the CDC guidelines and keep 6 feet away from anyone that you walk/run by, to keep as safe as possible.
Where should I run/walk? What’s the course?
There is no set course this year. Make your own and have fun with it, or try a new route that you and your dog haven’t taken since COVID started (good luck!)!
Are all dogs welcome?
All dogs are welcome!
Is there a rain date?
No, there is no rain date for this event. This is a virtual event that you can do at home with your furry friend at any time of the day. Please note that no refunds will be granted but rest assured that the price of your Wag Bag is going to three great causes: The Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Center, the MSPCA, and Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society.
Is this a 21+ virtual event?
The Fetch & Retrieve Wag Bag is only 21+ since the purchase includes a 4-Pack of our brand new limited edition Harpoon Dogtoberfest beer. If you are under 21 you can still sign up for our Sit, Stay and Play Wag Bag!
How do I prepare for this?
Please build your dog’s endurance: It is important that you practice running with your dog before they are expected to run a mile. Just like people, dogs need to build up the right muscles to be able to comfortable complete the run. We recommend starting small and slowly building up to the full distance. Make sure you always have water available for your dog, and that you’re paying attention to signs that your dog is telling you they are too tired.
Will this race be timed?
Not officially. You can complete the mile at your own pace, and time yourself. You will be able to upload your times, but we are not tracking for awards. Since everyone will run/walk on a different route, with varying elevation, and terrain, we are not giving out awards based on fastest times.
How do I post my results to prove I did it?
A results tab will populate on the website on October 4th, you will also receive an email with the link to directly upload your time! It's an honor system this year. We would love for you to post your time so we can give you a virtual high-five, but since everyone will be running on different courses, we will not be giving out awards for fastest times.