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Challenge Yourself to a 5K — With Your Dog!

Right now is a great time to get outside and run around . . . and I don't mean just for your dog! Make it a team effort and train for a 5K that your furry pal can participate in as well. There are plenty of fun runs that benefit not only your health, but the animal shelters and programs that host the events get a much-needed bump in funds from all those entry fees.

Running can seem like a scary sport to break into if you aren't the natural-born runner, but POPSUGAR Fitness has some tips to get started. Plus, with your fur-laden companion by your side, it just might be fun! Taking on a run with your pup also gives you a good chance to meet new people and pups! To find a dog-friendly 5K near you, check out this list here.

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HVLe HVLe 4 years
5K9 Walk Run Jan 13, 2013 Del Mar Fairgrounds Del Mar, CA
freebyrd78 freebyrd78 5 years
Ohh great events! I really want to start working out more with my dog, I also came across this great list of events for June!
Taysky Taysky 5 years
Don't Forget! Utah's Doggie Dash! It's happening July 14th, 2012 and it's going to be super fun. It's the only race where you can bring your own dog, rent a dog OR race in a DOG SUIT!!! hahaha check it out and bring a friend (human or dog)
clairelemonade clairelemonade 5 years
The Max's Ring of Fire Lemon Run in San Diego, CA is dog-friendly! Here's some more info: September 25th, 2011 8:00 am - 11:00 am Lake Miramar in Scripps Ranch, San Diego, CA Join us in raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer by supporting the Max's Ring of Fire Lemon Run, a joint effort of two leading childhood cancer charities, Max’s Ring of Fire (MROF) & Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. The course will offer something for athletes of all abilities. Come run or walk beautiful Lake Miramar’s full distance of 4.6 miles in honor of the 46 children who are diagnosed with childhood cancer each school day. A one mile Family Fun Run will also be available. Not local to the San Diego area? Join us as a Virtual Runner or Walker. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers of various age groups and to all children registered in the one mile race. We are honored to partner with MROF in this San Diego event!
lennie25 lennie25 6 years
"Ruff Run" 5k run/walk Bend Oregon August 21st at 8:30 am
Tsquare1 Tsquare1 6 years
Please check out our upcoming event! Run with the Dogs -- 5K trail fun and 1 mi fun run Saturday, April 2, 8 am University of West Florida Parking lot G Pensacola FL
ALSW ALSW 9 years
These are some great ideas!
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 9 years
Chicago Dog Jog-Sept. 7 at 9am. It's a 5k
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I'm running a 5K in May that doesn't allow dogs. How sad. Maybe next year I'll do one that does! But B-Bop is helping me train, we run 3 times a week, he's very motivating!
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