Puppies, Pancakes and Pounding Pavement
Over 400 runners and over 100 dogs braved the cold on Saturday to take part in the third annual RunGo, Dash for Dogs charity event in Stanley Park. This year’s event brought in close to $16,000, which will go directly to support the work of the BC and Alberta Guide Dogs.
The non-competitive 2km, 5km and 10km race is sponsored by RunGo, local developers of a voice navigation app. The revolutionary new app offers turn-by-turn navigation for runners, including those who are visually impaired. The app was on full display as runners during the event navigated their way through the crown jewel of Vancouver, many with the help of their four-legged family members.
“I developed this app because of Dynasty, a retired guide dog,” says RunGo and Dash for Dogs founder Craig Slagel. “The work they do is amazing and they provided me with a lot of feedback when I was building the app so I wanted to give something back to them.”
Some of the highlights of the race were the puppy-themed contests, prizes, costumes, and a of course the pancake breakfast. People showed up their families, their friends and of course their four-legged friends to this one of a kind event.
RunGo is a Vancouver-based running app that offers advanced navigation, mapping and tracking technology for runners who want to safely discover new running routes, including those who are visually impaired. It is the first-ever “virtual running partner” offering turn-by-turn directions in real time, directly through the runner’s headphones or Apple watch. The app offers a unique experience for runners, eliminating the need for maps or memorizing new routes, allowing runners to explore new terrain whenever they wish.For people who are visually impaired, the app offers them confidence and a new freedom to explore running.
“This app is amazing and the event itself is a lot of fun. Iit’s educational and it provides runners with a unique experience to learn about the technology available to them, especially those who have a visual impairment,” says BC and Alberta Guide Dog CEO William Thornton. “Plus we raise money and awareness for our organization and for that we are so grateful to Craig and his team.”
RunGo is the first-ever “virtual running partner” that offers turn-by-turn directions in real time, directly through the runner’s headphones or watch. This unique program is a personalized navigation system, similar to a car’s GPS, allowing runners to explore new terrain whenever they wish, eliminating the need for maps and memorizing new routes. The app points out landmarks, essentially giving the runner a mini tour of the city as well as easily identifiable direction markers…it also makes suggestions based on the weather and time of day and will recommend a restaurant at the end of your run.
BC & Alberta Guide Dogs breeds, raises and professionally trains Guide Dogs for individuals who are blind/visually-impaired, and Autism Support Dogs for children with moderate to profound autism aged 3-10 and their families. It takes two years and upwards of $35,000 to produce one certified dog, provided free of charge to the recipient.