Dog Days Run is Oct. 4

DogDaysImageThe 33rd annual Dog Days Run will be held Oct. 4 at Westside Park, with proceeds benefiting the UF Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Association and the Alachua County Humane Society.

This is one of the oldest and most popular runs in the Gainesville area. It features a 5-K race and a 1-mile “Fun Run” that participants can do with their dogs.The 5-K course starts on N.W. 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 N.W. 22nd Street. At N.W. 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 (“Fun Run”) is at 9 .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 are allowed and all dogs must be leashed at all times. All dogs are also required to wear their 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 slowest and fastest dogs in addition to fun awards like best costume.

Don’t miss it! Watch for updates on the event’s Facebook page here and via twitter @dogdaysrun.



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