It doesn’t seem like spring is coming anytime soon, but eventually it will be here (or more likely we will go straight to 90 degrees). Once the warmer temperatures hit, many of us turn our attention to getting more active with our dogs, maybe even running with them. Luckily, the Cleveland-area has several dog-friendly 5ks starting this month and going through the summer for you to get out and get fit with your dog!
And, for those dog-and-running enthusiasts that want to keep up with dog-friendly running options all year round and in other cities/states, check out this new site: https://runrepeat.com/the-dog-race-database-fido-fitness-and-fun
Created by a health researcher, Bethany Lavins-Merillat, the site allows you to search by your city to find dog-friendly races near you.
Here are a sampling of some upcoming dog-friendly races, or walks, to check out. Just a note, many of the races sponsored by Hermes Cleveland are dog-friendly, the ones listed below are either fundraisers for rescue groups or shared here because the organizers reached out to me to let me know it’s dog-friendly. It’s always a good idea to check with race organizers for other races if you are unsure if dogs will be welcome.
Siberian Husky I Did-A-Run
Sponsored by the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland, this 5K run and 1 mile walk will be held at Edgewater Park in the Upper Pavilion. Registration starts at 8am. You can pre-register here: http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/siberianhusky.asp
Love a Stray
This annual 5K raises money for Love-a-Stray animal rescue in Avon and will be held at Avon Lake High School. Registration/package pick up begins at 7:30 am. You can pre-register here: http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/loveastray.asp
Run Puritas 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run
The 6th annual Run Puritas race will be held at Christ Lutheran Church. Dogs are allowed, even though it’s not a dog fundraiser. You can pre-register here: https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Cleveland/RunPuritas5K
2018 Walk to Cure Arthritis
Also on May 5th, this one is actually a walk, and is held at the Great Lakes Science Center, to raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation. Find out more here: https://events.arthritis.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=535
New Leash on Life Woof Walk
This one is also a walk and it raises funds for the Northeast Ohio SPCA. It will be held at Edgewater Park and will also feature refreshments, a DJ, photo booth, face painting, contests, and more. Find out more and register here: https://northeastohiospca.org/events
Ohio Guidestone Promise Run
Also on May 12, Ohio Guidestone invites dogs and their owners to take part in a 5K , 10K or 1 mile walk to raise funds for their organization. The race takes place at Wallace Lake in Berea. Find out more here: http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/ohioguidestone.asp
4 Miles 4 Water
This race/walk will take place at Jacobs Pavilion at the Nautica Entertainment Complex and raises funds for the Cleveland-based Wavemaker Program in schools, to help them host beach cleanup events and build safe water projects. Find out more here: https://www.drinklocaldrinktap.org/act/4-miles-4-water/
Dirty Dog 5K
This run will be held at Avon Lake United Church of Christ and features a dog wash at the end. Find out more here: http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/events/dirtydog.asp.