Dog Days Run set for Oct. 22


It’s that time of year again! The UF College of Veterinary Medicine and the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association are proud to announce the upcoming 30th annual Dog Days Run, which will take place Oct. 22 at Westside Park in Gainesville.

Proceeds will benefit UF’s SCAVMA, the Global Alliance for Rabies Control and the Alachua County Humane Society.

Always a big hit in our community, the 5K course starts on NW 31st Drive in front of Westwood Middle School and heads south down the hill past the pool. Runners take a left on NW 8th Avenue for a very fast first mile. Then, they will go up the infamous 8th Avenue Hill to take a left at the traffic light at NW 22nd Street. At NW 16th Avenue, runners take a left and head back towards Westside Park. Another left at NW 31st Drive and runners head back downhill for a fast finish in front of the pool.

The 1-Mile Dog Run is at 9 a.m. and is for dogs and their owners. Dogs will run with their owners along a 1-mile course around the perimeter of the park. No female dogs in heat. All dogs must be leashed at all times and are required to wear current rabies tags. Awards will be given to the winner of each dog weight division (Dog Divisions: 0-40 lb., 40 lb. and over). Special Awards will be given for: Dog and Owner Look-Alike Award, Best Costume,Slowest Dog, and many more.

Awards will be given for four overall winners, 16 men’s and women’s classes and a wheelchair/handcycle division. There will also be a raffle for all runners – must be present to win!

The Awards Ceremony and Raffle will start at 9:20 a.m. So, come on out and support a terrific charity! For more information, contact Megan Manzie at 904-206-3041. Register now at

Participants who wish to receive a T-shirt must register no later than Oct. 6.

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