It’s been heard around the dog park that people with pets live happier and healthier lives. From all the laughs and adventures dogs bring us, we’re certainly in agreement! A lot of pet owners enjoy sharing their healthy lifestyle with their pets as well, by bringing their dogs along on hikes and early morning jogs. It is a great way to keep your pet (and yourself!) healthy. A lot of joggers however, run into the all too familiar, No Pets Allowed rule when it comes to signing up for an official 5k or 10k race. How can you leave your favorite running buddy behind? Well, we did a little leg-work ourselves and tracked down some great races for joggers that allow pets to tag along as well.
Take a look at these five great races, where dogs are welcome!
ATHENS RUN FOR THE DOGS
If you’re looking for a great fall race, then sign up for this Sep 19th one-miler that is great for dog and owner jogging teams. Sign up fees are only $22 with dogs and there is a 5K option for those runners who want to really break a sweat.
OREGON HUMANE SOCIETY DOGGIE DASH
You may have missed out this year, but the doggie dash is a Northwest favorite! The 1.5 mile course won’t wear you out and you can rest easy knowing the proceeds go to a great local cause.
SEATTLE’S FURRY 5K
1,500 dogs turned out for this years 5K in Seattle. Joggers, walkers, and dogs hit the pavement for a good cause. Find out about Seattle’s exciting run for the dogs!
RACE FOR THE RESCUES IN LOS ANGELES
Race proceeds go to a great cause and dogs are allowed to show their support too, by running or walking with owners. This Los Angeles area race supports finding homes for shelter dogs in need. Register now for the October 4 race!
CRISSY FIELD DOG RACE IN SAN FRANCISCO
One of the nation’s most pet-friendly cities is hosting a race this fall, ending in San Francisco’s famous Crissy Park. Register now for this 5K/10K run and walk. And bring your dog!
For some great resources regarding running with your pet, check out DogRunDog!