With only eight days remaining to take advantage of early bird registration fees for the area’s most beloved family- and pet-friendly event – our 14th Annual Dog Jog and 5K Run presented by Holiday Barn Pet Resorts – the time has come for you to sign up if you haven’t already!
You won’t want to miss all the fun we have in store for runners, walkers, cheering family members, pets and children! Join us Saturday, April 16 at our Robins-Starr Humane Center for a sanctioned 5K run administered by Richmond Road Runners, a leisurely 1-mile dog jog for you and your four-legged companion, an awesome vendor fair sponsored by Concours Auto Detailing featuring food trucks, music, inflatables and crafts for kids, activities for dogs, and sponsors and other vendors offering giveaways at their booths and more.
Online registration, sponsored by Massage Envy, is easy!
Register simply and securely online. Early bird registration prices are only available for eight more days. Fees increase at Noon on March 31, so be sure to sign up soon. The first 1,000 people to register will receive an event T-shirt and a bag of goodies from our sponsors. We have included some highlights of what's to come in this year's event so you have lots to look forward to between now and April 16:
When you register online for the Dog Jog and/or 5K Run, you can create a special fundraising page and solicit donations to support lifesaving programs and services of the Richmond SPCA. If you are unable to attend on April 16 or do not plan on participating in either event, our Cat Nap option is free and allows you to help the pets in our care through participant-led fundraising. Your personal fundraising page makes it easy to ask your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to donate. By starting early, you can increase your your chances of winning spectacular prizes! We'll be awarding prizes to top team and individual fundraisers as well as top 5K finishers during the Invisible Fence Awards Ceremony around Noon on the day of the event.
The 5K Run is sanctioned and begins at 9:30 a.m. The course, sponsored by OrthoVirginia, is flat and is perfect for elite runners, as well as casual joggers and walkers. Fruit and bottled water, courtesy of Martin’s Food Markets, will await you at the finish. The 1-mile Dog Jog for dogs and their people begins at 11 a.m., and the course, sponsored by Rick Hendrick Chevrolet/Buick/GMC, features fun Instagram photo stops. Our Concours Auto Detailing Vendor Fair is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features a Pet Wellness Tent sponsored by the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center, a Pets Fun Zone sponsored by Conquest Moncure & Dunn where your pet can try his or her paw at agility with one of our expert trainers, a Kids Fun Zone sponsored by Richmond Alarm Company where children can say hello to Waggles, complete crafts or slide down a giant inflatable, as well as a number of food trucks and music.
Free parking, courtesy of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, is available on the day of the event in the Green and Pink Lots located behind The Diamond on the corner of Hermitage Road and Robin Hood Road. If you are participating in either event, please allow yourself a few extra minutes to walk the short distance to our center.
The day promises to provide tons of fun for the whole family – those with two legs and four – so don't miss it. Register today and be a hero to homeless pets!