3 Dog-Friendly 5K Runs in May

Dog-friendly Travel TipsDoes your pooch aspire to be a marathon runner like Dozer, the famous Goldendoodle who crashed the Maryland half-marathon last May? Then you’re in luck, here are three “paw”-pular runs that are dog-friendly!

1. 11th Annual Wilenchik Memorial Doggie Dash 5K Run/3K Walk – Schertz, Texas, Saturday, May 19

This annual dog-friendly run/walk in Pickrell Park allows pet parents and their pooches to raise money for Homes for Pets/Schertz Humane Society. According to mysanantonio.com, “The first Doggie Dash was started several years ago with the help of late Schertz Councilman Tony Wilenchik and his wife, Valerie. Wilenchik, a big pet lover, died in September 2009 from cancer. This is the first year the Doggie Dash will be named in Wilenchik’s honor.” Pet parents can run the 5K for $25 or the 3K for $20 and dogs get to run for free. All pooches must be kept on a leash.

2. Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue 5K – Louisville, Colo., Sunday, May 20

Banfield Pet Hospital is the title sponsor for this year’s fifth annual 5K run benefiting the Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue. Pet parents will receive giveaways from companies such as Good Belly and Trail Dog Treats post-race. The run will be held at the Community Park in Louisville. Photographs of the event will be available from Dan Rieber, who for the past four years has donated proceeds from the sale of his photographs to the rescue. Registration is $35 for adults and $20 for children; there is no charge for dogs.

3. Hair of the Dog 5K – Robbinsville, N.J., Sunday, May 20

This event debuted four years ago and is a little different from your usual dog run. It is held at the Silver Decoy Winery, and each registered runner receives a free wineglass and their first wine tasting free of charge. All registered dogs will receive a poop bag and prizes, and pet parents will receive a goody bag. No need to register dogs prior to race day. If you’re running with your dog, you can register him at the registration table on the day of the event. This will automatically enter your dog in a raffle. There is no need to register dogs and there is a one dog per person maximum. Proceeds benefit the pets of the Tri-State Weimaraner Rescue and Res-Q-Pets Animal Rescue.

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Kara Ogushi

Contributing writer Kara Ogushi is a pet mom to two dogs and five rabbits. When she isn’t writing travel tips for pooches, she’s exploring new ways to share and create media.

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