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Spring 2018 Dog-Friendly Races


March 3, 2018

Spring 2018 Dog-Friendly Races

Looking for a dog-friendly race for your dog this spring? We’ve got the list for you! This list is updated periodically.

Races below overlap with winter and summer if you want to do some earlier training races with your dog or are looking ahead. We organize each section by month and United States region.

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.

If you are a Pawtivity member, you can save this article (click the paw) and come back to it later. Don’t forget to post a photo to the related event and see who else completed the same event!

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!

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.

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.



3.17.18 – Mrs. Robinson’s Romp – 5K & 10K Trail Runs – Kansas City, KS
3.17.18 – Everybody’s Irish 5K/10K – Minneapolis, MN
3.24.18 – The Rocking Robin Run (R3): 5k Pet Run/Walk (+ 1M, 10K) – Rochester, MN
3.31.18 – Easter Egg 5K & Adult Egg Hunt – Indianapolis, Indiana

3.17.18 – 2018 Paws For A Purpose (1M Walk) – Tyrone, GA
3.24.18 – Paw Prints In The Sand (5K, 1M) – Jacksonville Beach, FL
3.24.18 – Lakewood Ranch Walkathon & 5K Wag n’ Run (+ 3K Walk) – Sarasota, FL
3.24.18 – 16th Annual Dog Jog and 5K Run (+ 1M Run) – Richmond, VA
3.25.18 – Pup Run Atlanta (5K Run/Walk) – Lawrenceville, GA

3.17.18 – Marana – Tucson Shamrock Half Marathon / 10K / 5K – Tucson, AZ
3.18.18 – Puppy Love 5k – San Diego, CA
3.24.18 – Heart of the City 5K – Los Angeles, CA
3.24.18 – Doggie Dash Fun Run (5K, 10K, Trail Run) – Redding, CA
3.24.18 – 9th Annual REDLANDS R.U.F.F. RIDE (+ 5K Dog Walk) – Redlands, CA
3.31.18 – 8th Annual Run For Ike 5K (+ 1K Jr. Dash) – Palm Springs, CA



4.14.18 – Lycoming County SPCA Paws Run (2.5M Run/Walk, 5M Run) – Williamsport, PA
4.29.18 – JR’s Paws For A Cause 5K (Run/Walk) – Natick, MA

4.7.18 – Siberian Husky Idid-a-Run (5K, 1M Walk) – Cleveland, OH
4.8.18 – CaniXC Midwest Championship (5.3K, 10.5K, 1.75M Canicross) – Twin Lakes, WI
4.14.18 – Green Bay Paws for a Cause 5K Run/Walk – Green Bay, WI
4.21.18 – Free State Trail Run (40M, 100K, Half-Marathon, Marathon) – Lawrence, KS
4.21.18 – 5K Run/Walk for Charity – Indianapolis, IN
4.29.18 – Love-A-Stray Fur Fun 5K (+ Dog Walk) – Avon Lake, OH
4.29.18 – MyPulaskiK9 FundRun (5K) – Pulaski, WI

4.7.18 – The Fast and The Furriest 2018 (5K / 1K) – Fort Myers, FL
4.7.18 – 8th Annual Hot Diggity Dog 5k and 1 Mile Dog Walk – Jackson, MS
4.7.18 – Run For The Paws 5K – Morganton, NC
4.7.18 – Mud Run Dallas / Fort Worth (5K, 10K, Obstacle Course) – Lancaster, TX
4.7.18 – Muddy Trails Bash (5K, 10K, 1M, 2K-9, Trail Run) – The Woodlands, TX
4.14.18 – The Great Pug Run 5K (Run/Walk) – Lexington, KY
4.14.18 – Color Me Mutt 5K Color Run (5K Run, 1M Run/Walk, Pet Parade) – Sevierville, TN
4.14.18 – Hounds and Heroes 5K and Family Festival – Cedar Park, TX
4.14.18 – Doggone Fun Run (1M, 5K) – Sugar Land, TX
4.15.18 – 2nd Annual Paws for a Cause 5K and 1 Mile Walk for the Dogs – Coconut Creek, FL
4.20.18 – Tuckfest: Dog Jog & Music Festival (4M, Trail Run) – Charlotte, NC
4.21.18 – The Fast and the Furriest 5k Run/Walk – Georgetown, SC
4.22.18 – 8th Annual Annapolis/Kent Island Run & Dog Walk (5K, 10K, 2M Walk) – Stevensville, MD
4.22.18 – Run For the Paws (5K, 1M Walk) – Asheville, NC
4.28.18 – Mutt Strutt 2018 8th Annual 5k Fun Run and Walk-a-thon – Daytona Beach, FL
4.28.18 – Paws For Our Vets 5k (+ 1M Run) – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
4.28.18 – 2018 Weiner Dog Race (Dog Race) – Charlotte, NC

4.7.18 – Paso Robles Dog Jog (10K, 2K, 4K) – Paso Robles, CA
4.8.18 – The Mighty Dog 5K (+10K, Run or Walk) – Granite Bay, CA
4.15.18 – 5k/10k Dash for Animal Cancer Research – (5K, 10, Run or Walk) – Huntington Beach, CA
4.22.18 – Stronger Together 5k Walk, Run & Roll – Salem, Portland, Bend, and Eugene, OR
4.28.18 – 29th Annual Zane Grey 50 (50 Mile) – Highline Trail, AZ
4.28.18 – Sacramento SPCA Doggy Dash (2K/5K Walk) – Sacramento, CA



5.19.18 – Cetronia’s Great Ambulance Chase 5K Run, Walk & Dog Walk (+ 1.5M) – Allentown, PA
5.20.18 – Fast and Furriest 5K Run, Walk, Wag – Somerville, MA
5.20.18 – 3rd Annual 5K Run and Walk – Beacon, NY
5.27.18 – Canicross 5K Trail Race – New Gloucester, ME

5.5.18 – Sussex Paws for a Cause 5K Run/Walk – Sussex, WI
5.5.18 – Run Puritas 5K & 1 Mile Walk/Run – Cleveland OH
5.12.18 -Homewood Paws for a Cause “Twilight” 5K Run/Walk – Homewood, IL
5.19.18 – Bark In The Park (5K Walk) – Chicago, IL
5.19.18 – Fast and the Furry (8K, 5K) – St. Paul, MN
5.19.18 – Tails ‘N Trails (Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K, 1M Walk) – Omaha, NE
5.19.18 – Freedom Run (5K & 1.75-Mile Mutt Strut) – Aurora, OH
5.20.18 – Animal House Shelter Dash For The Dogs (5K, 1M Walk) – Barrington, IL
5.20.18 – Lucky Dog Dash 5K – Barnesville, PA

5.5.18 – Mud Run Nashville (5K, 10K, Obstacle Course) – Franklin, TN
5.6.18 – Sunshine Run (5K, 10K, 1K) – Austin, TX
5.6.18 – Silicon Labs Sunshine Run (5K, 10K, 1K) – Austin, TX
5.6.18 – Vineyard Trails & Tails 5k Run & Family-Fun Dog Walk – Delaplane, VA
5.12.18 – Tails and Trails 5K Walk/Run – Greenville, SC
5.18.18 – Dominion Energy Riverrock: Filthy 5K Mud Run (Trail Run) – Richmond, VA
5.19.18 – U.S. Canine Biathlon (3.5M+, Obstacle Race) – Anniston, AL
5.19.18 – Racing For Paws 5K – Batesville, MS
5.19.18 – The Derby Run (5K) – Fayetteville, NC
5.19.18 – Dirty Dog 15K Trail Run – Charleston, WV
5.26.18 – Unleashed Paws Fur Fun Run (5K, 1M Walk) – Dallas, TX
5.26.18 – Mud Run Houston (5K, 10K, Obstacle Course) – Houston, TX

5.2.18 – Muddy Mutt (Obstacle Course) – Carnation, WA
5.5.18 – Bidwell Bark Fun Run & Festival (5K, 2K Walk) – Chico, CA
5.5.18 – Walk For Animals San Diego (2M Walk) – San Diego, CA
5.5.18 – ACT Like A Superhero Fun Run (1M, 2M) – Turlock, CA
5.5.18 – Furry Scurry (2M Walk) – Denver, CO
5.6.18 – Castro Valley Run To Play (5K, 10K) – Castro Valley, CA
5.6.18 – Devil Mountain 5K/10K Run (+ 1M Run) – Danville, CA
5.12.18 – Oregon Humane Society Doggie Dash (1.5M, 2.5M) – Portland, OR
5.19.18 – Dog Tag Dash (5K, 10K, 1M) – Bakersfield, CA
5.19.18 – Belco Colfax 5K – Denver, CO
5.19.18 – Dog Trot (3K, 5K) – Auburn, WA
5.28.18 – PAWZ By The Sea 5K Run/Walk (+ 10K) – Langley, WA



6.3.18 Metrowest K95K (5K) – Hopkinton, MA
6.6.18 – Paws4Life 5K Walk/Run (+1M) – Farmington, PA
6.9.18 – New England Dog Jog (5K) – Nashua, NH

6.2.18 – Lola’s Lake Waconia Half Marathon (+ Relay, 10M, 5K) – Waconia, MN
6.2.18 – Pup Run St. Louis (5K) – St. Louis, MO
6.3.18 – PAWS Chicago’s 5K Walk/Run – Chicago, IL
6.9.18 – Rock The Night Away! (Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K, Trail Run) – Meriden, KS
6.10.18 – 2017 PAWS 4 A Cause Family Fun Day & Canine Carnival (1M, 2M, Walk) – Cleveland, OH
6.10.18 – Coureurs de Bois Trail Run & Relay (4M, 8M, 12M, 15M, Run/Walk) – Kenosha, WI
6.16.18 – Summer Intro 2.8-Mile Trail Run – Kansas City, KS
6.30.18 – Rockford Paws for a Cause 5K Run/Walk – Rockford, IL
6.30.18 – Run For The Cause 5K Run/Walk – Crandon, WI

6.7.18 – GoPro Mountain Games: Rocky Dog Trail Run (5K) – Vail, CO
6.9.18 – Park City Trail Series 5K – Park City, UT
6.10.18 – Furry 5K – Seattle, WA
6.30.18 – Dirty Dog Trail Marathon & Half Marathon (Trail Run) – Boise, ID

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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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