Dog Racing

Already more than a thousand entrants for Saturday's Run the DOG race

The key word for race director Jim Elder for this Saturday's seventh annual Run the DOG Street Challenge 5K is "challenge."

First, it has been part of the race name since its inception in 2010. After the race was named the Virginia State RRCA 5K Championship race for the first time, for 2016, and after it was one of four Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix races included in the inaugural Hampton Roads Super Grand Prix series (12 races, four each from the CRR, Peninsula Track Club and Tidewater Striders), Elder has challenged himself to break the all-time record for finishers in the 5K (1,100 in 2015).

He's well on target for that, with over 1,200 entrants, and several...