One might say that Ona, a punky 12-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, has loved a fairly vivid and breezy life-style through the years absorbing the solar in Southern California. Plenty of seaside days, a comfortable heat mattress and an enormous pile of plush toys. What extra might she need? Properly, because it seems, she desires to run!
Practically 50 races and counting
Weighing in at simply 6 kilos and standing a mere 6 inches from the bottom, Ona is a seasoned long-distance racer. Within the final six years, she’s accomplished practically 50, 5k runs with a median tempo simply over an 8-minute mile. Because the adage goes, “Don’t decide a e-book by it’s cowl.” This canine can run!
“I began mountaineering with Ona after she turned 3 and he or she liked it,” says Ona’s dad, California Freeway Patrolman Jeff Jones. “She all the time had a lot vitality.”
As an skilled long-distance runner himself, Jeff determined to signal each of them up for his or her first race collectively on the Homeward Sure 5k run in 2016.
“We had already performed a number of lengthy hikes previously however I didn’t understand how she would do working lengthy distance.”
Once they reached the midway mark, Jeff tells me he stopped and provided Ona a fast water break. “She refused and simply wished to maintain working,” he added. “Individuals have been shouting ‘that canine deserves a medal’ as we ran by.”
Quickly after, the duo signed up for a number of extra races and thus Ona’s working journey started. “Even through the pandemic we did 19 digital races,” mentioned Jeff. “Nothing was going to cease Ona from working!”
Final December, I joined them one early morning for his or her forty first race on the Christmas-themed Santa Claus for a Trigger 5k run. Decked out in a heat Christmas neck gaiter dawned with little inexperienced doggie bones and striped sweet canes, Ona appeared up at her dad among the many crowd of runners towering above her. With a number of wags of her tiny tail, she signaled she was able to go.
On the sound of the buzzer, Ona sprinted out of the beginning gate tugging on her leash with all her would possibly, conserving her head ahead and targeted on the trail forward. “She likes to run out in entrance of me, so I’m actually simply chasing her the entire time,” says Jeff.
A decided Ona charged alongside, unfazed by the cheering spectators or different canine alongside her path. “She’s simply so razor targeted when she runs,” Jeff proudly tells me.
They crossed the end line not solely breaking their all-time report at 24 minutes and 45 seconds, but additionally making the rostrum with a primary place title in Jeff’s age class. “The older she will get the sooner she runs,” Jeff whispered in my ear as they acquired their honorable medals.
There’s a small wood rack on Jeff’s bed room wall displaying 45 ribboned medals: An homage to their working adventures collectively through the years.
“We are going to want an even bigger rack quickly,” Jeff tells me with a chuckle.