The Team

Our team members are experienced athletes. While each have come to harness dog sports from a variety of places, all are accomplished in their own right. Couple this with extensive dog experience and you’ve got a qualified team ready to assist you in becoming not just your dog's owner, but training partner.

Sarah Warford
Owner - Team Lead

When you contact DogRunnin it will be Sarah you connect with, but Pippy, an energetic husky/shepherd mix is the real boss. As a team Sarah and Pippy will help you determine the best exercise routine for your dogs age, breed, health and temperament. With training in dog behaviour and canine fitness, Sarah also holds a undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s University and a masters level degree from Acadia University. A lover of small team harness dog sports (specifically canicross), Sarah serves as the Regional Director for the Maritime Provinces on the board of the Canadian Association of Harness Dog Sports. When Sarah’s not running with dogs you can find her on the soccer field or thrift shopping for the greatest treasures. When Pippy’s not out running you can find her recharging by chewing dirty socks and begging for tummy rubs!

Sarah is the owner and team lead at DogRunnin. She is motivated by the conviction that when we are proactive in canine health, well being and fitness it will extened to the whole family and then to our communities. As an entrepreneur, she is passionate about creating unique opportunities in Nova Scotia and she thrives when facilitating opportunities for her staff to excell (and they do!). Invested in harness dog sports, Sarah is excited about sport development in the region and loves to coach 6-legged teams to achieve their fullest potential together.

Sarah Peel
Coach & Ambassador

A life-long athlete and animal-lover, Sarah comes to us from a hobby farm in New Brunswick, where she grew up working with quarter horses, sheep, and border collies.  Throughout her undergraduate studies, Sarah spent her free time volunteering with the SPCA and coaching youth sports. Sarah started her running career at St. Thomas University, training during the summer with the family border collies, Willow and Abby.  When she isn't running, Sarah likes to unwind with a good book and an over-sized lap dog! 

 

Lauren Mackenzie
Runner

Lauren grew up in the world of team sports and always shared a special bond with her canine family and friends. After playing volleyball at Acadia University, she finally found her next team when she adopted her running partner, Ginger the German Shepherd. Ginger pushes Lauren out of her head in all the best ways and reminds her to get up and go. That lesson served her well recently while completing an 800km hike across Spain’s Camino de Santiago. Lauren is excited to put her passion for fitness and wellness to good use working with four legged clients in the Sackville/Bedford area.

When she’s not adventuring with Ginger on the trails and beaches across Nova Scotia, Lauren uses her background in public relations to work and volunteer with not-for-profit organizations like the BlueNose Marathon. Lauren also loves exploring her creative side and is often found covered in flour and sugar, surrounded by art supplies, and singing loudly. 

Valerie Michon
Coach & Ambassador

Valerie's teamates are Lucy, a 6 year old black lab, and Solo, a 2 year old Eurohound. Our first mushing sport was kicksledding. Not long after we added bikejoring and canicross. I love harness dog sports because my dogs and I can exercise together. But more importantly, the bond and trust I created with my dogs is beyond what I could have ever imagined. Bikejoring is our go-to sport, but we also enjoy canicross and kicksledding. 

Amelie Aikman
Ambassador

On the trail, Amelie teams up with her two lab mixes, Zoe and Turtle. Before her dogs her distance of choice was marathons, but now their favourite thing is short distances (with extra speed thanks to the dogs!). Their go to is canicross, but you can frequently see them bikejoring as well. In the winter they love skijoring and kicksledding together - but if napping in front of the fire was a harness dog sport, that would likely be their favourite! ;) 

Mike & Gina Peppard
Ambassador

Chester teams up with his humans Mike and Gina. Mike and Chester have been bikejoring since Chester was one. Gina was introduced to canicross she participated in the Intro to Dogrunnin Program where they learned how to work better as a team. Attacking every race as a team, Mike and Chester won the Maritime Association of Harness Dog Sports BIkejoring Award for 2017. They love to share their experiences in harness dog sports with others - bikejoring is Chester's favourite part of the day!

Yvonne Jessome
Ambassador

Yonne and her vizsla Penny are a dynamic canicross team from Cape Breton. Yvonne has been running for about 10 years now and Penny has joined me on most runs for the last five of them! With a love for distance, together they've run 3 half-marathons so far and look forward to skijoring once the snow hits! Trend setters, Yvonne and Penny are helping to make canicross popular in their region of Nova Scotia and love when other teams join them! 

Émilie Lapointe
Ambassador

Emilie and her dog, a 2yr old German Shepherd named Piper had an incredible debut canicross season racing to 1st runner up in canicross in the Maritime Association of Harness Dog Sports 2017 dryland series. Piper and Emilie started running together over a year ago, Piper's enthusiam for running (especially in the winter!) that successfully helped Emilie through her training for a half marathon. Together they love racing canicross and their consistency as a team shows on the trail!

Kevin Leblanc
Ambassador

Kevin, a dog-loving-running-enthusiast who’s addicted to the trails (last year completed his first 50-mile trail race), was naturally attracted to the sport of canicrosss. Huxley and Kevin have conquered many kilometers of trail running together. However, this year we want to further improve our canicross/skijoring skills and we look forward to accomplishing some races together. As for Kovac, already at his young age, it is obvious that he will also be an extremely good prospect for this sport. There is no better feeling than sharing the pleasant experience of running with a canine companion. I believe the bond between two different species conquering the same goal is such an uplifting experience. Also, witnessing a dog’s athletic ability in full action is truly inspiring and motivating!

Lisa McParland
Ambassador

Meet Panda and her human teammate Lisa. This speedy duo tear up the trail in canicross and bikejoring. Running with y dog…words Lisa never thought she would say! Prior to taking the Intro to Canicross class, Lisa had never run in her life. They had tried many other canine sports, but they weren’t the right fit. Seeing how much Panda enjoys running, Lisa thought she’d give canicross a try and can now proudly say that she loves running with her dog! Lisa describes Panda as her, "motivator, training partner, and teammate. She makes me push myself to want to run harder, faster, and farther. The feeling when I can (almost) keep up with her is priceless, and our bond has strengthened immensely." This winter they plan on adding kicksledding to their list of harness sports. You can follow their adventures as they #GoDoRunnin on Panda's Instagram @pandapointer