It didn't take an in-depth study for Iron Doggy to realize that running with your dog, especially in organized events, is a force to be reckoned with. That's why we designed our hands-free running leashes, and why we started publishing a list of as many dog-friendly runs as we could find. That being said, we are blown away by the research that Bethany D. Merillat just finished on organized runs that you can do with your dog.
"The Dog Race Database: Fido, Fitness and Fun" is an amazingly thorough study of how, where, and why people are signing up to participate with their dogs in 5Ks, 10Ks, Marathons, Mud Runs, Color Runs ... you name it. If you're interested in hosting a dog-friendly event, this is an absolute must read. If you're looking for a run that you and your dog can participate in together, she's created an amazing searchable database to help you find one near you. Finally, if you're just an observant person who's been wondering what's up with this "running with your dog" thing, this study is the explainer you've been waiting for.