YMCA of Youngstown to Host Annual Pooch Pentathlon

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Local dogs are invited to participate in this year’s Davis Family YMCA Pooch Pentathlon.

The event is an annual dog competition hosted by the YMCA of Youngstown in the outdoor pools at its Davis Family Y location. 

This year’s event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 10. 

Canines can participate in five contests, including Leap Dog, where dogs try to jump the farthest distance in the pool, and Fetch, where dogs try to fetch a toy in the shortest amount of time. There is also the Doggie Paddle, Treasure Dive and the Obstacle Course, which is the only event that takes place on land. 

Small and medium dogs will compete from 1 to 2 p.m., and large dogs will compete from 2 to 3 p.m. 

Awards will be presented to the top dog in each contest for each division.

“The Pooch Pentathlon is a fun way for members and nonmembers alike to enjoy our outdoor pools with their pets,” said Chris Hughes, senior aquatics director. “The Y puts on events like these for our community in unique ways.”

An additional open swim will be held for all vaccinated dogs from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Registration is required for both open swim and competition and is $5 per pooch. A commemorative certificate will be given to dogs registered by Sept. 1, and a special “doggie bag” of goodies will be given to the first 50 to register. The fee will increase to $10 per dog after that date.

Dogs without proof of rabies vaccinations will not be permitted on the grounds. Attendees are asked to bring proof of vaccinations on the day of the event. 

For more information or to register, click HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.