LIMA – About 1,000 dogs competed on Sunday along with their owners in the 5th edition of the so-called “Perroton” (“Dog-a-thon”) in Lima, a popular race promoting sports and joint physical activities between animals and people.
The Perroton included a two-kilometer (about 1.25 miles) run and a four-km (2.5 miles) run through the park adjacent to the Peruvian army’s main barracks located in the Lima municipality of San Borja.
Canines of many different breeds and sizes competed to show their abilities as long-distance runners and were also allowed to accompany their owners as they ran through the streets of the Peruvian capital.
Among the rules for the competition was one prohibiting the owners from carrying their pets in their arms and the obligation for each of the owners to keep their dogs on a leash to avoid incidents.
Free dog food constituted the prizes, with the winners of the races received a year’s free supply, while the runners-up received six months’ supply and the third-place winners were given three months’ supply.
In addition, the first, second and third-place finishers also received free family photo sessions where they will be able to pose with their pets.
Among the other activities at the Perroton, the canines could enjoy the services of a dining area, a clinic, a spa and a photo studio, as well as other facilities devoted exclusively to the well-being of the pets.
The competition was designed to help promote the creation of more urban spaces dedicated to the mutual enjoyment of people and their pets.