Sunday, Oct 28, 2018

Howl-o-ween Doggie Dash 5K

Crystal Springs Picnic Area of Griffith Park

Los Angeles, CA 5K Humans & Pups, 5K Humans

This Event Took Place Sun. Oct 28, 2018

Run/Walk to Raise Funds for PAWS/LA & Angel City Pit Bulls

Join us for the 3rd Annual Howl-o-ween Doggie Dash 5K! Run (or walk) with your pup (or without) to help LA Frontrunners raise funds for PAWS/LA & Angel City Pit Bulls! There will be two separate 5Ks - one for just humans and one for pups with their human! All the details are below. The Doggie Dash 5K takes place on Sunday, October 28th, in Griffith Park. The humans only 5K starts at 7:30 and the pups and human 5K starts at 8:15.

Registration is $35 through October 25 and $40 race morning.

Pets are such a vital part of so many of our lives, so come race your heart out or take a stroll, and help us support two organizations whose missions are to care for pets in need and to make sure those who are struggling are able to care for and have their pets in their lives.

Doggie Costume Contest

It's Howl-o-ween! Of course there's a costume contest! With prizes!

Course & Race Info

The start/finish area for Doggie Dash 5K is the Crystal Springs Picnic Area in Griffith Park (behind the Griffith Park Ranger Station/baseball fields). The 5K is one loop around the golf course. If this is your first 5K, 5 kilometers = 3.1 miles. The path is packed dirt and flat.

7:30 AM - Humans Only 5K: The first 5K is for two footers only - no pups allowed. If you don't have a dog, or your partner/spouse/child won the coin flip to race with your dog at 8:15, this is the race for you.

8:15 AM - Pups & Human 5K: The main event is a 5K for pups (on leash) with their human. No solo humans allowed. One pup per human and the race limit is 100 entries. You can fly as fast as your pup pulls you or leisurely stroll the 5K around the golf course.

There will be a water stop (for both you and your pup) about halfway through the 5K.

Beneficiaries: PAWS/LA & Angel City Pit Bulls


PAWS/LA is dedicated to preserving the loving bond between people and their companion animals. To that end, we provide services to assist low-income seniors and people disabled by a life-threatening illness keep and care for their pets. The PAWS/LA Programs are designed to ease the financial, physical and emotional challenges of caring for a companion animal, both in and outside of the home. To that end, PAWS/LA provides a comprehensive package of essential animal support services — all at no charge — to eligible participants.
Please click here to visit PAWS/LA

Angel City Pit Bulls

Angel City Pit Bulls takes in dogs (mainly from our local shelters) that fall under the generic term pit bull who demonstrate people-soft, responsive qualities and solid temperaments. Their adorableness and gushy love of people make them fantastic family dogs. We have a wide range of energy levels, so whether you are looking for a running partner or a potential “therapy dog”, we will typically have a dog that will fit the bill.
Please click here to visit Angel City Pit Bulls


Please click the link below if you would like to donate directly to the cause. LAFR is 100% volunteer and all donations through the link are dispersed directly to our beneficiaries so your dollars are really going to the cause! There are three levels of sponsorship:

Pet Sponsor Board $25 per pet: At the race, there will be a Pet Sponsor Board on display. There are 15 spots available on the sponsor board.

Mile Marker $150: You will provide a photo of your pet(s) and the mile markers will contain the pic. One sponsor per marker. For example, the Mile 1 marker will say "Mile 1 - brought to you by (pet name)” along with your pet(s) pic. There are 5 available: Miles 1, 2, 3, plus the water stop and finish line. You keep the mile marker after the race.

Start Line $300: This will contain the same elements as the mile markers but will be larger and at the start line. Only 1 available and you can keep it after the race.

Please click here to donate

Awards for Pups & Human 5K

It's a race! Of course there's awards! In the Pups & Human 5K, categories are determined by the weight of the pup. Awards will be given to the top 3 overall pups across all divisions. Division awards are top 3 in the following categories: TOY: up to 12 lbs., SMALL: 13 to 25 lbs., MEDIUM: 26 to 50 lbs., LARGE: 51 to 75 lbs., XL: 75+ lbs.

Awards for Humans Only 5K

Awards will be given to the top 3 overall males and females in the 5K. Age group awards are top 3 in the following categories: 10 & Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

Pups Must Be ON LEASH & Rules

General Racing Rules
Griffith Park requires all dogs in the park to be on leash.
• No retractable leashes. These leads don't allow you to control your dog well enough for a crowded situation like a race.
• No leashes longer than 6 feet. You'll need to keep your pet as close to you as possible to avoid potential conflicts with other dogs.
• No unfixed animals. Unneutered males and unspayed females are generally not welcome at most public dog events.
• No aggressive dogs. If Fido doesn't do well with other animals or people, he should chill at home.
• All dogs must be current on vaccinations. You should always make sure your pet is current on shots just in case, but it is especially important if he's going to be spending time with other dogs.
• Be prepared to clean up after your dog. (Don't forget your plastic bags!)

Race Day Registration (if not sold out) & Packet Pick-Up

Packet/T-shirt pick-up is race morning, starting at 6:45 AM. If race is not sold out, you can register in person race morning. We will update this webpage if the race sells out. Please note an additional $5 late fee applies for same-day registration.

About LA Frontrunners

Los Angeles Frontrunners (501c3), is the LA chapter of International Frontrunners, the LGBT running club organization. In addition to running, running, more running (and lots of eating), LAFR raises funds and collects goods to donate to local charities. In recent years, those charities include; SRLA, PAWS/LA, Life Worth Saving, Friends of Griffith Park, InsideOut Community Arts, Friends of Project 10, the Senior Services Center & the Transgender Economic Empowerment Project at the LA LGBT Center, The Breakfast Club at St. Thomas the Apostle, and the Don Thompson Scholarship at the USC Film School.

Past Results

Please click HERE for 2016/2017 results!

Local time: 3:36 PM


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