Doggie Dash

The Doggie Dash returned for its second year! Virtual runners signed up for 5k, one mile, or half mile fun runs.

Prizes were announced at DogFest on April 23.

Our in-person runs happened on April 16 and 17 in Golden Gate Park. Thanks to all who participated! 

Doggie Dash FAQ

What is the Doggie Dash?

The Doggie Dash was a virtual fun run that could be run anywhere, anytime between Saturday, April 9, and Friday, April 22. It was a 5k “race” with a one-mile and half-mile option for elementary-school-age kids.



Does it cost money to enter?

Yes, but all proceeds go to benefitting McKinley! Early registration for adults and bigger kids is $25 (by Sunday, March 27). Standard registration is $30 (before Saturday, April 23). Kids in fifth grade and below can enter the one-mile or half-mile run free!


How do I track and submit my time?

It’s easiest to use an app or wearable such as Strava, Garmin, MapMyRun, or Apple Health. You can also time yourself manually using a stopwatch/timer app. Submit your results at!


Will there be prizes?

Yes – for registered adults/5k participants! Every single person who registers and runs will get a snazzy DogFest water bottle. Winners for each category get special prizes and will be announced at DogFest:

  • Open: Men, Women, Nonbinary
  • Masters (age 40 years and older): Men, Women, Nonbinary
  • Kids Group 1: Kindergarten and first grade students
  • Kids Group 2: Second and third grade students
  • Kids Group 3: Fourth and fifth grade students

What are the prizes?

Not big on surprises, eh? Open and Masters winners will receive a $50 gift certificate from A Runner’s Mind, one of the Bay Area’s most beloved running stores.


Is there an in-person racing option?

Several runners ran through Golden Gate Park on April 16 and 17. We don’t have any more in-person options planned.


Do I have to attend DogFest to win?

Well, you don’t, but why miss out on the most fun you can have in Duboce Park?



You mentioned a water bottle?

Yup! Check it out. It’s beautiful.

DogFest water bottle