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October 2018 Dog-Friendly Races


September 9, 2018


Looking for a dog-friendly race for your dog this October 2018? We’ve got the list for you, organized by region! This list is updated periodically. You may also search for events on our homepage by city, state, or type of running event (canicross, obstacle course, 5K, etc).

Please let us know if we are missing any events by suggesting an event! We will review and add it to our event listings as well as on this summary list.

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We want to make it easy for you to find your event so give us some feedback on how we can do this better. Let’s just get out there with our dogs!

Looking for more fall races? September 2018

Related Pawtivity / Event: Running, Canicross Race, Trail Running.

Before You Sign Up For A Race
Before you sign up your dog up for a race, get the ok from your vet. They can give also give you additional advice on training properly with your dog’s specific needs in mind. Puppies should not run until their skeletal system have matured. Short-faced dogs, senior dogs, and some very large breeds overheat quickly, need more frequent breaks, or run a shorter distance than other dogs.

General Racing Rules
Please consult official race guidelines for registration details and race rules.
• 4-6 feet non-retractable leashes on dogs at all times
• Dogs must usually be accompanied by an adult.
• All dogs must be spayed or neutered. None may be in heat.
• No aggressive dogs.
• Vaccinations are current, including rabies.
• You are responsible for your dog at all times.
• Bring your own water and poop bags. Not all races will provide this.
• Racers usually start after all other racers or at the back of a group of racers.
• It is poor etiquette to weave between racers with your dog.

Training With Your Dog
Are you just getting started running with your dog? Read our training tips in How To Train Your Dog To Run With You or consider our Couch to 5K Run/Walk Plan.


10.6.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Washington DC / Silver Spring, MD
10.6.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – New York, NY
10.6.18 – Jersey Shore Animal Center’s 7th Annual Beach to Bay 5k – Mantoloking, NJ
10.13.18 – 2018 Pittsburgh Undy RunWalk -Pittsburgh, PA
10.13.18 – The Little Guild’s 5th Annual Run & Wag 5K – Cornwall, CT
10.14.18 – 9th Annual Paws & Claws 5K Run / Walk – Hopkinton, MA
10.20.18 – Runner’s World Dog Run – Bethlehem, PA
10.27.18 – Home At Last Dog Rescue Howloween 5K – North Wales, PA
10.28.18 – 32nd Annual Phoenixville Run – Phoenixville, PA

10.6.18 – Anderson Humane Mutt Strut 5k& Dog Show – Lawrenceburg, KY
10.6.18 – Paws in the Park 5k Run/Walk for the Foundation for the BAHS – Boone, IA
10.6.18 – Run 4 Paws 5k & 2K Puppy Path – Downers Grove, IL
10.6.18 – 2018 Cincinnati Undy Walk – Cincinnati, OH
10.6.18 – Lake Perry Rocks! – Meridian, KS
10.13.18 – Paws for a Cause 5k Run/Walk – Delafield, WI
10.20.18 – Paws for a Cause 5k Run/Walk – Mokena, IL
10.20.18 – Paws For The Cause Walk/5K Run – Medina, OH
10.27.18 – Jog With Your Dog – Midland, MI
10.28.18 – Trick or Treat: 5K Night Trail Run – Kansas City, KS

10.6.18 – Mud Run Houston Fall 2018 – Houston, TX
10.6.18 – 5K Canine Mud Run & BBQ – Lewisburg, WV
10.13.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Houston, TX
10.13.18 – Rescue Me 5K – Charlotte, NC
10.20.18 – Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, Coastal 5K & Doggie Dash – Myrtle Beach, SC
10.27.18 – 2018 Atlanta Undy RunWalk -Atlanta, GA
10.27.18 – Eureka Springs Zombie Crawl – Eureka Springs, AR
10.27.18 – Bark ‘n Dash 5K and Family Dog Walk – Annapolis, MD
10.27.18 – Mud Run DFW Fall 2018 – Lancaster, TX

10.6.18 – Tails on Trails / Oktoberfest – McCall, ID
10.7.18 – K9 Canter 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run – Westminster, CO
10.7.18 – Canine Classic – Greenough, MT
10.13.18 – Race For The Rescues – Los Angeles, CA
10.13.18 – Alaska Airlines Dawg Dash – Seattle, WA
10.20.18 – 4th Annual Yuba Dog Run – Levan, UT
10.20.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Los Angeles, CA
10.20.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Phoenix, AZ
10.21.18 – Columbia Gorge Marathon & Half Marathon – Hood River, OR

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Related Pawtivity / Event: Running, Canicross Race, Trail Running.
Activities: Running, Trail Running, Canicross, Obstacle Course, Mud Run, 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon, Marathon, Fun Run, Doggy 5K, Doggy Run, Dog Friendly Race, Halloween, Costume

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