The Doggie Dash, benefitting the Oregon Humane Society, is one of my very favorite events. I’ve taken part in it the past two years and am planning to do so again this year. Participants can walk with their dog(s) or make it a solely bipedal event! There are always tons of cute dogs to admire. Kids are welcome, too. I’ve taken my small daughter each time and she loves to see all the doggies. I took my French Bulldog last year and she had a blast. This year, I plan on taking my Boxer!
The Doggie Dash takes place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, and the route is very scenic. There are two course lengths to choose from: a 1.5 mile and a 2.5 mile. Both routes begin and end in the same spot. If you choose the 1.5 miler, you get to walk along the waterfront on the west side of the river. If you choose the 2.5 miler, you cross two bridges and walk along the Eastbank Esplanade. Both routes afford lovely views of downtown Portland.
Runners and walkers are both welcome, however runners are encouraged to get there early and come up to the starting line. They are sent off first, since the event is so crowded (and held on city streets) and it would be challenging to run in such close proximity to that many people and dogs. Festivities, music, food (a complimentary pancake breakfast for all racers!) and booths await finishers. It’s an event you don’t want to miss. See you there!
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: Run/Walk waves begin at 9:00am. Pet festival events run from 7:30am-1:00pm.
Location: Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Portland, OR 97209
Cost: $35 per participant. Increases to $40 on race day.
Register: CLICK HERE to register!