Canicross or canix activity

Running with a dog pulling you along is basically assisted running. If walking, hiking, cycling and running are all different. Then surely canicross is different too. The canicross runners are not people running with a dog next to them. They are running with trained dogs pulling them around the course they choose to run, if you gain any advantage by having a dog strapped to you to pull you along then surely its an unfair advantage to " normal running". Parkrun have logged it as another category or the times they finish in are not counted as records I know this as it is popular at our local one. I also know it's minutes gained not just a few seconds over just a few kilometres. Don't get me wrong, it's impressive the speed these guys go but nevertheless still assisted!
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  • I too have registered this as a suggestion (https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/69052180-Dog-Assisted-Running-CaniX-CaniCross- which I think you've 'liked') having on many occasions found myself sliding down rankings against those whom have completed parkruns being towed around by a dog. I don't begrudge them taking part at all, and of course strava 'is only a bit of fun', but the inclusion of 'assisted running' in amongst the normal running times renders some of the segments/leaderboards nearly useless - sadly these CaniX performances go unnoticed by the majority (after all, it's just another name in the rankings on strava).

    Strava recognises electric bike (e-bike) riding as a separate activity, I would categorise CaniX / CaniCross in a very similar manner.

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  • Hi, yes I had noticed you were the only other one that had commented on anything to do with canicross too. I had an interesting conversation with a lad that does canicross and topped one of my times on a course I regularly run with my dad and a few mates. We all have a bit of banter about who was quicker than the other on a few segments runs etc. It was never serious and there are a lot quicker runners out there including yourself. ( I enter a few local races and it's always interesting to know who the winners are😉). But this guy was very defensive about canicross and how I was being over the top about it and also mentioned that "I was as bad as the people moaning at parkrun". He got all defensive and missed my point completely then blocked me so I couldn't reply to him after his rant. Think it was because my example of cycling isn't a vehicle category so assisted running isn't the same as "normal" running made him bite a bit. I was trying to explain that me an lonely average runner will never get enough acknowledgment on strava to get any one to notice that canicross as a seperate category would get more chance if someone from canicross as a group contacted them and suggested as part of a club rather than just a single person runner. Not sure if it will get another category as like you say it is only a bit of fun on strava, just takes the fun out of it for some people if you have no way of competing with them. All the best mate Craig
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  • I just went out with my dog doing Canicross for the first time today, logged my time and immediately felt bad that I had to log it as a run in order to track distance on my shoes.

    This activity really needs its own activity type - we definitely hit speeds that we ordinarily would not.

    I'll probably have to set the run as private in order to not affect segment rankings achieved by those with the dog-assist.

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  • I understand where you're coming from. It's true that running with your dog can mess up with the stats when it's tracked like a regular running as the dog pulling you gives you the advantage of running faster. If you want to track activities with your dogs, I think Rundogo app is great for it. You can choose activities such as canicross, walking, bikejoring etc., and also types of activities when going solo, like running, biking etc., so it doesn't mess up with the stats. You can track yourself and more dogs simultaneously. :) 

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  • Garmin, Please add a Canicross run type so that canicross runners do not mess up strava segments.

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  • Adding a call for a skijoring category here, too. Similar arguments apply: skijoring is dog-assisted X-C skiing, so the metrics will be different from solo skiing.

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  • Skijoring with a fast dog is a bit like racing with an e-bike.  A friend of mine with a very fast dog just broke a course record today on a competitive Nordic ski segment.

    Rundogo looks nice, I'd love to live in a world where Strava bought and integrated Rundogo, but until then a lot of people who mix up their activities don't want yet another app.   So I'd like to see skijoring added as well.  It could be done either as a completely separate sport from Nordic skiing, or (better?) it could share segments without breaking leaderboards.

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