In the FIAPBT we preferred not to place our credit inside the historical pictures, since we considered that it is a way to spoil it, diminishing the fan enjoying and would damage to an historical value, which is patrimony and inheritance of the own breed.
The history from MarathonPit By Mariano Peinado.
Given my liking to the races of athletics of long distance, in 2005 I had the idea to leave to run with my American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) called Villa Liberty´s "Patches". The experience was very pleasing and satisfactory for both. Therefore, I thought will create athletics competitions with APBT forming an equipment of two individuals (human & dog) so that the APBT helped to the athlete during the competition and did not feel alone and nor would become bored in the training, at the same time the animal will be happy exercising themselves and accompanying with its better friend the human. This new modality Work - Sport, I denominates like "MarathonPit".
The objective of the "MarathonPit", is to offer a new alternative to develop by the dogs of the fans of the APBT, this way we guided by healthful, positive and sport ways to the APBT, their owners and fans.
Another one of the important objectives of the "MarathonPit", is that it makes one magnifies self-defense in the APBT, since everything what surrounds to athletics enjoys very good image facing the society. In this case, the APBT when being within this Work - Sport, benefits from this positive image, which and given the negative circumstances that surround to our wonderful and noble breed dog in the times of the present time, is not for far from negligible.
After about 20 days that I have invented the MarathonPit in 2005, I had certainty of the existence of a similar modality in which they were used all type of dogs, denominated like “Canicross”. The “Canicross” is a modality derived from mushing (shot of sleigh with dogs) and studying this modality, at the time helped me for to give form more quickly to the MarathonPit, finding us nowadays that the MarathonPit is rather more complete in which to regulation (Rules) than the “Canicross”. The MarathonPit is a work-sport discipline that consist of running with a APBT tied to the waist with a scaling belt and an elastic firing line that goes until the harness of the animal.
In order to practice it, a harness is only needed shot for the dog (they are not valid those of stroll nor those of drag weight), an elastic firing line and a belt of scaling for the runner, this belt is the more wide to protect the back of the runner of the pulls of the dog.
You can make MarathonPIt to compete or simply practicing it like sport in which to share time and experiences with your companion, for to consolidate your relation. The ideal is to go to the field to train, but if it is not possible, also it is possible to be practiced in a park in the city.
The binomial man-APBT makes this sport specially attractive, that only the one that practices it can describe.
When the APBT practice the "MarathonPit" show his or her "Game", developing it effective and positively, since when the animal is exhausted, by the simple reason to please and to help to his human companion of run, find forces for to continue helping to his companion and positively finish the entrusted work, although will be very hard the circumstances for their accomplishment.
The idea of the "MarathonPit" was very well welcomed by the Spanish fans and of other countries and this being practiced nowadays by many fans, being a sport in rise that day to day goes to more. It is an excellent activity, in that we put at the same time in form to our APBT that to we ourself. Making the "MarathonPit", we developed a high level of mutual understanding with our dogs, creating a degree of complicity with the animal very high, only the people that practices "MarathonPit" can get to include/understand.
I consider, that the MarathonPit (work-sport), is going to be something very beneficial for the positive image of the APBT. In addition, it will serve like reference to follow for the young people when they begin with his first APBT, obtaining in this way a very healthful relation for the dogs as for his owners and fans. Also I try, which this modality work-deports serves like datum point for the breeders of this breed dog, to value his respective dogs that compete in the MarathonPit and reflecting if they are developing his breeding of a suitable way or no.
For these reasons, will be very much interesting for the breed and for the fans, owners, breeders and clubs go ahead and promote this modality alltogether, since the APBT needs that good image there this where this (given the unjust persecution that suffers), since I understand that the MarathonPit is going to contribute to enough good things to the APBT and their fans through the sport.
The FIAPBT, wishes to integrate in their rows clubs of MarathonPit of different countries, so that there are enough competitions of this new modality and in a term of prudent time, when this modality already is seated, to once arrange to the year a Championship of the World, to value the level of the APBT in this discipline in all this countries.
The FIAPBT, wishes to form National and International Officials clubs of MarathonPit. If you are interested in to create your own Oficial Club of MarathonPit of your place, contact with the FIAPBT; firstname.lastname@example.org
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We congratulated ourselves that the new and summary of the MarathonPit Championship 2009 with the organizers interviews, has been showed in the more important National mass media of Television, Radio and Newspapers. Soon, also we will be able to see it in the most important National and International specialized dogs magazines.
The FIAPBT as always, fighting to show the society the positive image of the breed.