Traditional Dog Days Race is Sept. 29


The 24th Annual Dog Days Race event, featuring a 1-mile dog run and a 5K race, will be held Sept. 29 at Westside Park. Sponsored by the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association at UF, the event has become a tradition in Gainesville, bringing members of the community together for a fun and exciting way to exercise, while making dogs a part of the fun.

The 5K race will begin at 8 a.m., and the 1-mile dog run will begin at 9 a.m. , said Dr. Jeremy Delcambre, a postdoctoral fellow at the college who is assisting the professional students in planning the event.

“This year’s sophomore student coordinator for Dog Days is K.C. Croy, and she is being helped by her ‘big sib,’ third-year student Megan Manzie, who coordinated the event last year,” Delcambre said. “We are hoping this ‘big sib, little sib’ trend will continue year after year as there is not an official faculty sponsor for this yearly event.”

Registration is already available online at

“We are hoping to have multiple awards for dog owners, including a costume contest and a look-alike contest, and this is definitely a family-friendly event the veterinary school can be proud to be associated with,” Delcambre said, adding that last year’s event had 300 participants from the Gainesville community.

There will be age-group race awards for the 5K event, as well as raffle prizes.

For more information, contact Croy at (727) 543-9040 or email her at



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