Run A Mile With The Dogs This Weekend

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 31, 2013
  • Updated May. 31, 2013 at 10:13 AM UTC
Fast humans, fast dogs in Santa Barbara. Photo: Bring Back The Mile

Santa Barbara-area runners have a chance to race with their best friend.

This weekend, two-legged and four-legged runners will take to the scenic streets of downtown Santa Barbara to take part in the 14th Platinum Performance State Street Mile.

As part of the festivities is the “Dog Mile,” which, according to Bring Back the Mile, is the unofficial canine championship for that distance.

“The Dog Mile is one of the highlights of the Platinum Performance State Street Mile, and again, we expect some fast dogs with their owners, but all dogs and humans, regardless of pace, are welcome to run the mile on our point-to-point, gradual downhill course,” race director Megan Rheinschild said.

Not surprisingly, there are course records for the dog mile. The men’s mark is 4:22 held by Matt Johnsrud and Charlie, set back in 2008. Meanwhile, the women’s record is 5:02 (Kasey Urman, 2012).

The Platinum Performance State Street Mile is the seventh stop on the annual Bring Back The Mile Tour.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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