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Event Date:
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Event Location:
Gainesville, Florida
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37th Annual Dog Days Run 5k

On October 13th, 2018, the University of Florida’s chapter of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) is hosting the 37th Annual Dog Days Run. This event includes a 5K race, a one-mile “fun run” for dogs and their owners, a raffle, and other contests.

The 5K begins at 8AM with the one mile "fun run" taking place directly after, or 9AM. Dogs are encouraged to participate in all events.

The Dog Days Run is a major affair for the Gainesville community as it attracts runners and dog lovers from all over the state. It provides exposure to Gainesville, the veterinary community, the University of Florida, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the event’s sponsors.
All proceeds go to Josh and Friends Project (joshandfriends.com)


Free T-shirts (guaranteed if registered by September 26, 2018)

Free drinks and snacks for participants

Awards for each men’s and women’s 5K division.


Four overall winners: 1st male, 1st female, 1st dog over 45lb, 1st dog under 45lb

Dogs will run or walk with their owners along a 5K or 1-mile course. No female dogs in heat. Dogs must be leashed at all times and are required to wear current rabies tags.

Dog awards will be given to winners of the following categories: Slowest Dog, Fastest Dog, Smallest Dog, Biggest Dog, Dog Most Likely to Pull Owner, and Best Costume. Dog weight divisions are 1-45 pounds and over 45 pounds.

All registrants entered into raffle (winners must be present to collect prizes).

Additional tickets will be available, donations are appreciated.

Walkers are welcome.

Early Registration (April 26-July31): $20 

Late Registration (August 1-October 12): $25

Registration at Race (October 13): $30

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