DOG JOG AND 5K RUN

participant information

Dog Jog, 5K Run and “Little Paws” Fun Run Participant Information

Thanks for joining the four-legged, lifesaving fun at the 20th Annual Dog Jog and 5K Run presented by Holiday Barn Pet Resorts on March 26, 2022 at our Robins-Starr Humane Center (2519 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23220).

We are excited for the return of our in-person Dog Jog and 5K Run, while still offering a virtual “run anywhere” option for those who want to join in on the fun from your favorite trail, neighborhood or wherever you wish to participate. In response to COVID-19 and to protect our loyal supporters and the Greater Richmond community the Richmond SPCA will continue to monitor all local, state and federal guidance related to gatherings. We will abide by public health guidance and state orders related to the pandemic, so details for our event could change at any time.

The day begins with a chip-timed 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk for people only, followed by our first ever “Little Paws” Fun Run for kiddos aged 4 to 10 and then a dog-friendly, leisurely one-mile Dog Jog and 5K Run. The dash will begin in front of the Richmond SPCA, go to Feed More and then, end back at the Richmond SPCA. One parent or guardian may run with a child if they wish. The parent does not need to register. Each child will receive a special prize for participation after the race.

Throughout the morning, we host our pet-friendly vendor fair, featuring a Kids’ Fun Zone and a Pets’ Fun Zone packed full of fun activities for the whole family, at our humane center.

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, 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 $160,000 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.

Your participation makes a lifesaving difference to pets in need. All proceeds raised aid in the rescue, medical treatment and adoption of dogs and cats here in Richmond, Virginia.

Registered 5K, Dog Jog participants can take part by:

  • Running or walking our official 5K (3.1 mile) (no pets allowed)
  • Enjoying our official one-mile Dog Jog with your dog by your side
  • Participating in the 5K or Dog Jog wherever you wish when you sign up for our Run Anywhere option
  • Raising lifesaving funds through your personal fundraising webpage, making you eligible for fundraising incentives and prizes

Each registered 5K or Dog Jog participant will receive:

  • A Dog Jog and 5K Run T-shirt (for the first 1,000 registered participants)
  • A Dog Jog and 5K Run medal for you and your pet (for the first 1,000 registered participants)
  • goodie bag full of exciting gifts from our generous sponsors (for the first 1,000 registered participants)
  • A numbered  race bib (for the 5K Run)
  • GPS tracking, progress alerts and official race timing through the RaceJoy app as you hit milestones along your run/walk (if you choose our “Run Anywhere” registration)

Pick up your items at our drive-thru packet pickup on March 21 or 22, or choose to pay to have your items shipped to you.

Can’t attend our drive-thru packet pickup? Select an alternate date after March 22 to pick up your items.

Be sure to use hashtag #DogJog on Twitter and Instagram when sharing photos highlighting your participation in the Dog Jog and 5K Run!

Event Schedule and Location

 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.On-site 5K registration and packet pickup in the Richmond SPCA’s front parking lot
Online registration and pre-event packet pickup on March 21 or 22 is encouraged.
 9 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 in the Richmond SPCA’s front parking lot
Online registration and pre-event packet pickup on March 21 or 22 is encouraged.
 10:30 a.m.“Little Paws” Fun Run begins
 11 a.m.Dog Jog begins
≈11:30 a.m.Awards Ceremony begins
 1 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, Dog Jog and “Little Paws” Fun Run.

Parking is free at The Diamond in the Pink, Yellow or Orange Lots. All 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.

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