Things to do in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Run a 5K race with your dog!

What better way to spend a Sunday than to run 5K with your pets?!

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5K Doggy Run on the beach

Yesterday, I got the opportunity to do just that as a photographer for one of the runners.

I woke up before the suns rays could whisper life into this side of the world to take several buses to get to Nuevo Vallarta for the days 5K Marathon with pets! My friend hadn’t mentioned the pet part but had asked if I’d be willing to run with her and take some photographs. I figured I could use the exercise and would love the chance to shoot some photos again.

We arrived around 7:30am as more and more racers were showing up with their furry friends for the days run.

Welcome

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Competition was high for some

Competition was high for some

Some doggies were so excited to race they decided to dance a bit

Some doggies were so excited to race they decided to dance a bit

It's always important to stretch the muscles before a race.

It’s always important to stretch the muscles before a race.

Contestants wait to start the race in Puerto Vallarta

Contestants wait to start the race in Puerto Vallarta

Once the race started I was multitasking, shooting some footage of the animals running, then running to get ahead of my friend so I could turn around and take some shots of her. I continued doing this sprint, take a photo and sprint again for the first half of the 5k race until I finally began to wear down a bit and started just shooting the racers with their pets while trying to finish the race myself. Talk about getting some exercise! I was even asked to pose with some Powerade at the water stand on the beach. haha!

The runners line the beach in Nuevo Vallarta

The runners line the beach in Nuevo Vallarta

These dogs love to run on the beach

These dogs love to run on the beach

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The Three headed Cerberus was never expected to be a poodle.

The Three headed Cerberus was never expected to be a poodle.

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Coming to the finish line

 

A Winner is announced at the end of the Running Puerto Vallarta event.

A Winner is announced at the end of the Running Puerto Vallarta event.

Once the race was finished everyone gathered in a pavilion where they raffled off prizes, posed for picture and cooled off. It was a great day meeting some new people and just enjoying the sunny weather and running on the beach.

 

Posing with my friend Aline after finishing the race

Posing with my friend Aline after finishing the race

A dog gets cooled down after her 5k run in Puerto Vallarta

A dog gets cooled down after her 5k run in Puerto Vallarta

This pug stands beside a babystroller after a 5K run in Puerto Vallarta

This pug stands beside a babystroller after a 5K run in Puerto Vallarta

 

Everyone is a bit tired after that 5k race.

Everyone is a bit tired after that 5k race.

A lab gets some refreshments after finishing the race

A lab gets some refreshments after finishing the racThe fun didn’t end there. A city tour trolley just happened to stop in front of us and let us hitch a ride for free!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we were exiting the venue, a city tour trolley stopped and let us hitch a ride to the main road! We were glad to give this generous man a tip as we enjoyed the view while getting a ride to the bus station.

We caught a free ride back to the main bus station on the city tour trolley.

We caught a free ride back to the main bus station on the city tour trolley.

We hitched a ride on a city tour bus

We hitched a ride on a city tour bus

 

I decided to be the city tour guide after the run.

I decided to be the city tour guide after the run.

 

Afterwards, I took a bus most of the way home and then walked through my neighborhood for a few blocks before being met at the door by my always excited furry friends Hache and Lucy, dancing about and giving me kisses.

I played with them for a bit before resting, facebooking and after taking my two pals for their walk down to the beach and back I cooked up some tasty pasta.

It began storming pretty heavy by this time but as usual, I could hear all the children playing in the water in the streets and in front of their homes, squeeling and splashing around with fits of joy. It was really nice to watch.

This was a wonderful day.

Until next time, stay cool and be ridiculous

A pup sports some shades while resting after the race.

A pup sports some shades while resting after the race.

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