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September 2018 Dog-Friendly Races


August 8, 2018

September 2018 Dog-Friendly Races

Looking for a dog-friendly race for your dog this September 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? October 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.


9.1.18 – Mutts on the Mountain – Seven Springs, PA
9.8.18 – 2018 Philadelphia Undy RunWalk – Philadelphia, PA
9.15.18 – Dog Fest – Reisterstown, MD
9.16.18 – Park Ridge Rotary & Halfway Hounds 6th Annual 5K Run/Walk – Park Ridge, NJ
9.22.18 – 2018 New York City Undy RunWalk – New York, NY
9.22.18 – 2018 Give It Up For Gulu 5K & Doggie Dash – Wilmington, DE
9.22.18 – Clarendon Day Run – Clarendon / Arlington, VA
9.23.18 – TLC Miles for Mutts – Wayne, PA
9.23.18 – Soldier’s Pace 5K Canicross and Trail Race – Westbrook, ME
9.29.18 – Green Mountain Iron Dog Competition – Colchester, VT
9.29.18 – Strut for Strays! – Farmington, ME

9.1.18 – Sunset Doxie Derby – Lake in the Hills, IL
9.8.18 – Mutt Strut 5K Run / Walk – DeKalb, IL
9.8.18 – Oktoberfest 5K+ – Salem, WI
9.9.18 – Charlene’s 5K – Maple Plain, MN
9.9.18 – Brittany Szwedko Memorial 5k Run & Dog Walk – Austintown, OH
9.15.18 – Paws on the Prairie – Kansas City, MO
9.15.18 – Paws for a Cause 5k Run/Walk – Columbia, MO
9.16.18 – Strutt With Your Mutt – Kansas City, MO
9.22.18 – Pets on Parade 5K Run or Fun Walk – Sioux City, IA
9.22.18 – Paws for a Cause 5k Run/Walk – Fond du Lac, WI
9.22.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – St. Louis, MO
9.22.18 – 2018 Detroit Undy RunWalk – Detroit, MI
9.22.18 – Iowa Dog Jog – Johnston, IA
9.23.18 – 21st Annual Tom Madzy 5K and Dog Walk – Berea, OH
9.29.18 – Paws for a Cause 5k Run/Walk – Fort Atkinson, WI
9.29.18 – Pike River Trail Run/Walk – Kenosha, WI
9.29.18 – 2018 Cleveland Undy RunWalk – Cleveland, OH
9.29.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN

9.1.18 – Mud Run Nashville Fall 2018 – Nashville, TN
9.8.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Atlanta, GA
9.15.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Austin, TX
9.22.18 – Bark In The Park – Louisville, KY
9.22.18 – Pawapalooza 2018 K95K Paw Wars Edition – Burlington, KY
9.23.17 – Schlotzsky’s Bun Run – Austin, TX
9.29.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Jacksonville, FL

9.8.18 – Race For The Rescues – Irvine, CA
9.8.18 – Dog Gone Run – Tacoma, WA
9.9.18 – The Fido 500 – San Francisco, CA
9.15.18 – Pawtoberfest – Colorado Springs, CO
9.15.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Kanab, UT
9.15.18 – Park City Trail Series 13.1 – Park City, UT
9.22.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Portland, OR
9.22.18 – 2018 Chasing Tail Run – Salt Lake City, UT
9.23.18 – Long Dog Derby – Denver, CO
9.29.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – San Francisco, CA

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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

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