Dog Jog 5K // Photo via Facebook
If you love running with your dog but have a hard time finding races in our area that allow four-legged competitors (Trust me, it’s hard—dog-friendly races are few and far between), this is the guide for you. Here are five runs and races in and around Philly—including one that features wine-tasting, too!—that welcome human-and-dog running teams. Plus, I threw in two dog-friendly walks, if that’s more your bag.
Peruse all the info about the runs while you also look at these adorably gratuitous photos of dogs running. You’re welcome.
UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Woo! Another dog-friendly race! The folks at the Sandy Sprint 5k/10K just reached out to say that dogs are welcome at their April 26th race. It will take place at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and dog-runner teams can enter the 5K walk or run, or the 10K walk or run. All participants are invited to dress up like superheroes. The race benefits the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation. $43 for dog-runner teams for the 5K, $50 for the dog-runner teams for the 10K.
April 26th, Conshohocken
This is a community run open to all—including pups. It benefits the Fresh Smiles Foundation and the Conshohocken Police Association. The chip-timed race will take you through neighborhood streets in Conshy. The race starts at Sutcliffe Park. Prizes will be given for the first, second and third place winners in the men and women categories. $25 in advance, $30 on race day. Info is here.
Paws & Feet 5K Race
May 17th, Cooper River Park, Pennsauken Township, NJ
This annual race is a fundraiser for the Animal Welfare Association, so expect to see dogs galore. In addition to the race, the Doggie Fun Day includes pet contests, an agility course, entertainment and more. The race is timed. $25. Info is here.
Hair of the Dog 5K and Wine-Tasting Race
May 18th, East Windsor, NJ
This race is a bit further flung—it’s about an hour’s drive from Philly—but it’s worth it: The dog-friendly race takes place at a winery, so there’s a post-race wine-tasting and commemorative wine glass included in the entry fee. There’s also a festival with music and wine-tasting following the race, and runners get free entry. Race proceeds go to support pet rescue. $25 if you register by May 1st, $30 after. Info is here.
Dog Jog 5K
June 7th, Reeves Park, Phoenixville
Adoptable pets will be on site for this race, which benefits The Spayed Club, which aims to end euthanasia of healthy dogs and cats in the Philly area. Timing will be provided by Bryn Mawr Running Company. Prizes will be given to the first place male and female finishers. $25 by May 15th, $30 after. Info is here.
Dog Day 5K
November 2nd, Delaware Valley College, Doylestown
This fall race is worth putting on your calendar now, because it’s a dog friendly trail run, which should be super fun. It’s on the Del Val College campus, and the cross-country style course will take you over fields and through the woods. Prizes will be given to top gender and age-group finishers, as well as to dogs. $25. Info is here.
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