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6 Fun Races That You Can Run With Your Dog

Let your puppers in on the race day fun too! These events welcome two and four-legged racers.

Many of us run and work towards a goal such as a 5K, half-marathon, or full marathon. Why not incorporate goals into running with your dog? After establishing rules and getting into a rhythm, you might consider registering for one of these races:

Doggie Bones 5k and 10k, Sarasota, FL

This 5k run is an easy flat course that is good for all runners and dogs. For those not wanting to run, there is also a 1 mile walk that could be perfect for your pup. All proceeds go to Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue, a non-profit no-kill shelter.
March 2018,

The Dash 5K & Doggie Run, Washington D.C.

While the 5K is human only, the 1 mile doggie run has water and dog treats at the start and finish lines. There is also a costume contest for dogs and owners. Proceeds benefit the Washington Animal Rescue League, first animal shelter in Washington, D.C. for stray and abused dogs, cats, and horses.
November 2017,

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DogFest Featuring Paws on Parade Walkathon, Baltimore, MD

DogFest is the Baltimore Humane Society’s biggest event of the year. In addition to the walkathon, this dog extravaganza includes games, dog swimming, and contests for the entire family. And if you’re on the hunt for a running companion, you can meet adoptable dogs too. Money benefits the no-kill shelter.
September 16, 2017,

Doggie Dash and Splash Weekend, Wildwood, NJ

End your summer at the beach with this fun-filled weekend for puppers. On Saturday, both two and four legged friends can run in the 5K or 1 mile race. Then on Sunday, Raging Waters water park hosts its annual “Gone to the Dogs” event. Dogs have free rein to splash around the water park in the evening.
September 9-10, 2017,

Furry Scurry, Denver, CO

One of Denver’s greatest traditions, the Furry Scurry takes place each May. Although advertised as a 2-mile walk, many of Denver’s community run with their dogs through beautiful Washington Park. The fun event draws 12,000 people, 5,000 dogs and tons of vendors each year. Also funds raised from Furry Scurry go towards helping homeless pets.
May 5, 2018,

Doggie Dash, Portland, OR

Benefitting the Oregon Humane Society, the Doggie Dash has something for every pup and owner. Walkers can cover the 1.5 mile route, while runners (and their pooches) are encouraged to enter the 2.5 mile fun run. After your exercise, there is an all day party that includes a bubble booth for dogs.
May 2018,

Remember to keep running with your dog fun. Work towards running a race and it will give you and your dog something to look forward to.

Related: 7 Ways My Dog Is A Better Runner Than Me