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How to Plan A Canine Underground Railroad Run

or a "CUR Run"
by Liz Hoffman

Before I discuss how to plan a CUR, here are a few suggestions I have found helpful when planning a CUR:

  1. Never panic! If you lose a person driving a leg, don't panic!
  2. Never let different breeds hold you down. Most people who drive legs are willing to do any breed. So always look beyond just "your breed" for drivers.
  3. Outreach! Try and get your request for drivers out to as many people as possible. Send it to all of your lists as URGENT and allow the message to be forwarded.
  4. Try and start planning at least a week in advance. CUR runs can be planned overnight, but it's less stressful to give yourself more time!
  5. Always get Full Names, Phone Number and type of car of your drivers. The last thing you need is not being able to contact a driver in an emergency!


How to setup a run:

  1. Divide the run into legs. Most people are willing to drive no more than 1.5-2 hours. So, try not to make any very long legs. If someone is willing to drive more time, you can always combine two legs.

    Here is an example:
    Leg 1 Effingham, IL to Terra Haute, IN 70 miles 1 hour *NEED DRIVER*
    Leg 2 Cambridge, OH (via I-70) to Pittsburgh, PA 85* miles 1.5 hr *NEED DRIVER*


  2. Mapquest.com Mapquest is a great service that allows to you plot different courses and see how long each leg will be.

  3. Some greats place to find people to drive legs are: Boxer CUR, Daily Drool, and Goldens in Cyberspace. Remember-look beyond "your breed"

  4. Once you have your drivers, e-mail everyone a list of the drivers and legs. Something similar to the one below:

    Leg 1 Effingham, IL to Terra Haute, IN 70 miles 1 hour
    Susie Smith
    555-789-1010
    Susie@xxx.com

    Leg 2 Cambridge, OH (via I-70) to Pittsburgh, PA 85* miles 1.5hr
    Kelly Blue
    555-456-6776
    KBlue@xxx.com


  5. Have all of your drivers contact each other and setup a time and place to meet. McDonalds.com allows you to enter a city and state and it pulls up McDonald restaurants in the area. A safe, lighted place to meet (also, a nice rest stop for food)

  6. After you have everything setup, e-mail everyone the night before to make sure everything is a go. Make sure to have everyone's contact information similar to below:

    Leg 2
    Cambridge, OH (via I-70) to Pittsburgh, PA 85* miles 1.5 hr
    Kelly Blue
    555-456-6776
    KBlue@xxx.com
    My cell number is 555-556-7789
    We have a Silver Honda Accord

    The "Driver Check List" and the "Master Transportation Check List" are available for download. Feel free to modify these forms to meet your individual needs.

  7. Make sure to send along everything the dog will need (water bowls, leash, collar, vet records, signed owner release). If the dog is overnighting somewhere try and send some of his own food along so his stomach doesn't get upset.

Hopefully, if you follow these guidelines, your CUR will run smoothly. Finally, don't forget to thank all of your drivers!