Small Race Preview: 2016 Where to Start Fitness K9 Run (Stayton)


I am an absolute lover of all K9’s. I have two fur-babies whom I couldn’t imagine being without, and whom I have even FaceTimed with while across the country visiting friends. Man’s best friend is a worthy and true companion, lover of bones, barking, squirrels and mud puddles. Dogs are amazing. And, a select few are used as “locating tools” on different police forces, helping our peace officers track evidence and apprehend criminals. No other animal could be so loyal, helpful and giving like a dog. Giving back to those K9’s and their officers for their protection is something you can feel good about while participating in the Where to Start Fitness’ 4th Annual K9 Run in Stayton, Oregon which benefit’s the Stayton K9 unit of the Stayton police department.


One of the unit’s furry officers.

While you don’t have to own a K9 or even bring one to participate, this race is sure to be a lot of furry fun! Local peace officers from the Stayton force will be around to say hello and possibly show off their K9 officer’s skills. This event is set to be fun for the whole family.

Race Information

Date: Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
Time: 11:00 am
Distance: 5K walk/run and 9K run, for dogs & people. Courses are range from beginner to intermediate and include both trails and street running. The course is chip timed.
Cost: $25-register by March 19th to get a tech-tee.The first 300 registrants will receive a goodie bag. Prizes are awarded to the top three finishers in each distance. Packet pick up will be on Friday, April 1st, 2016 from 11:00am-7:00pm. and Saturday, April 2nd from 9:00-1:00pm at Where to Start Fitness. There is also a health expo for dogs and humans from 9am-1 pm on race day, featuring local vendors, samples, and more.

Registration: Register here!


One of the many vendor’s pups at the health expo.

Stuff to Know: Children and strollers are welcome, but be aware that there might be muddy or uneven terrain. If children are old enough to walk, please register them. This is a benefit and the money spent to register is a worthy cause. All dogs will be required to show proof of rabies vaccination and must be kept on a leash. No flexi-leads (leash extensions) are allowed. One dog per human only, please. Remember to bring bags to clean up after your pooch. Tech Shirts are included with your registration only when you register by March 19th, 2016. There is plenty of street parking in the area, and several public lots surrounding the course.

Map: Map to course


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