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Join thousands of animal lovers at the Richmond SPCA's 16th annual Dog Jog and 5K Run on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Robins-Starr Humane Center (2519 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23220).


The day begins with a chip-timed 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk for people only, followed by a dog-friendly, leisurely one-mile Dog Jog. Throughout the morning, we host our pet-friendly vendor fair at our Robins-Starr Humane Center, featuring a Kids' Fun Zone and a Pets' Fun Zone packed full of fun activities for the whole family.


The first 1,000 registered participants will receive a T-shirt and goodie bag full of exciting gifts from our generous sponsors. Our Awards Ceremony, sponsored by Invisible Fence Brand® of Richmond, immediately follows the Dog Jog and prizes donated by our community partners will be awarded for our top individual and team fundraisers, as well as our fastest 5K finishers both overall and by age group. 


Last year, our amazing Dog Jog and 5K Run supporters raised more than $150,000 to guarantee that thousands of homeless animals in the care of the Richmond SPCA have a second chance for a happy life in a lasting, loving home. In addition, funds raised support the lifesaving programs and services provided by our staff and volunteers to the people and pets in our community. Learn more about how you can help raise crucial, lifesaving funds to benefit pets in the care of the Richmond SPCA!

For updates and more information, be sure to like our Dog Jog and 5K Run Facebook page, and use the hashtag #DogJog when you share about your participation on Twitter and Instagram.

Event Schedule: Saturday, March 24

  8:15 to 9:15 a.m. On-site 5K registration and packet pickup
Online registration and pre-event packet pickup on March 23 is encouraged 
  9:00 a.m.  Vendor Fair opens 
  9:30 a.m. 5K Run begins 
  9:30 to 10:30 a.m. On-site Dog Jog registration and packet pickup
Online registration and pre-event packet pickup on March 23 is encouraged 
  11:00 a.m. Dog Jog begins, Richmond SPCA adoption center and gift shop open 
  12:00 noon Awards Ceremony begins 
  1:00 p.m. Vendor Fair closes 

Event Location


Robins-Starr Humane Center
2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220


View our race course maps for both the 5K Run and the Dog Jog.

Parking is free at The Diamond Green Lot and Pink Lot (behind The Diamond along Hermitage Road). Both lots are a short walk (about two city blocks) from the Richmond SPCA. As you exit the lot on Hermitage Road, walk south and you will see the Richmond SPCA on your left after the Salvation Army. Handicapped parking is available at the Richmond SPCA. 


Registration Fees


Dog Jog    $30 until February 28 at noon $40 until March 24*
Register for a one-mile fun walk/jog with your dog! Registration is per dog. All dogs must wear ID tags, be on a leash at all times (no flexi/retractable leashes permitted), socialize well with other dogs, be current on rabies vaccinations, be at least six months of age and not be in heat. Please be kind to your canine companion and maintain a leisurely pace. 
5K Run (Adult Participant) $30 until February 28 at noon $40 until March 24* 
Chip-timed, sanctioned 5K race registration option for participants ages 16+. No dogs, please.
5K Run (Youth Participant) $20 until February 28 at noon  $30 until March 24*
Chip-timed, sanctioned 5K race registration option for participants ages 15 and under. No dogs, please.
Both Dog Jog and 5K Run $55 until February 28 at noon  $75 until March 24* 
Register for both events and save $5!
Cat Nap No registration fee  
Register to Cat Nap to support the Richmond SPCA by joining a fundraising team or by raising funds as an individual without physically participating in either the Dog Jog or the 5K. You may also select the Cat Nap registration option if you do not have a dog but you are accompanying a registered dog in the Dog Jog. This registration option does not include a T-shirt or a goodie bag.

* Online registration closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 23. After this time, you may register in person on the morning of the Dog Jog and 5K Run.


Packet Pickup


All registered participants are encouraged to pick up their goodie bags, bib numbers (5K participants only) and T-shirts during pre-event packet pickup at the Richmond SPCA's Smoky's Training Center (1611 Rhoadmiller Street) to avoid lines and reduce congestion in the registration area on the day of the event. Smoky's Training Center, our new packet pickup location, is located in the Susan M. Markel Hospital building located adjacent to the Richmond SPCA's Robins-Starr Humane Center.

You may pick up packets on behalf team members or friends. No special ID will be required but we will ask you to sign your name by their name on the registration list, stating that you picked up their materials. If you are a team captain and plan to pick up goodie bags, bib numbers (5K participants only) and T-shirts for your entire team, please notify us in advance and don't forget to let your team members know so that they don't also try to pick up their materials.

During pre-event packet pickup, parking is available in the lots directly in front of the Richmond SPCA along Rhoadmiller St.

Pre-event packet pickup is also a great time to drop off cash and check donations. You may also register in person and purchase additional T-shirts (if available) during these hours.

Friday, March 23 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

On the morning of the Dog Jog and 5K Run, you may also pick up your goodie bag, bib number (5K only) and T-shirt during the times listed below. You may register in person during these times, though online registration is highly encouraged. If available, you may purchase additional T-shirts during this time.

 5K Run registration 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. 
 Dog Jog registration 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. 

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