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Here's a quick rundown on everything you need to know for you and your canine companion to the best possible experience at Doggie Dash. For help with your personal fundraising page, donations, and other technical questions, please visit our FAQ page.
This year's event takes place on Saturday, May 11, 2019, Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Online registration will be open through May 9. Register online today or you can register on-site at the Dash (for a fee) until 8:30 a.m. on May 11. The registration tent is located in the park by the intersection of SW Naito Parkway and SW Pine St. 
In addition to the walk/run, all registered Dashers can take advantage of many free activities at the pet festival. These include a complimentary pancake breakfast and complimentary beverage tastings for registered Dashers. Have your race bib with you to show you're registered.

There are two courses to choose from. The 1.5 mile route is shown in red. The 2.5 mile route is shown in yellow. Both routes start and end at the same spot.

Doggie Dash Run/Walk
  • 7:30 a.m. Registration and packet pickup opens
  • 8 a.m. Pancake Breakfast opens
  • 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Runners/Walkers start every 15 minutes
Activities & Eats
  • Dog Contests
    • 10:15 a.m. Owner & Pet Look-Alike 
    • 10:30 a.m. American Fido Singing
    • 10:45 a.m. Silly Pet Trick
    • 11:00 a.m. Doggie Musical Sit
    • 11:30 a.m. Doggie Limbo & Hurdle
    • 12:00 p.m. Costume Contest
    • 12:15 p.m. Peanut Butter Lick-off​
  • Photo Booth (8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
  • Prize Pickup (8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
  • Raffle to Benefit the Animals
  • Dog Utopia
  • Kitty Corner
  • OHS Kids Corner
  • Pancake Breakfast (8 a.m.  12 p.m.)
  • Libation Station (21+ only)
  • 90+ Sponsor & Vendor Booths
Advance Pickup
Avoid the registration line and pick up your bib in advance. If you are picking up your bib and registering at the event, please arrive at the registration tent no later than 8:30 a.m.

Pickup Locations

Sunday, May 5, 2019, from 12-4 p.m.
Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft St, Portland, OR 97239
Old Spaghetti Factory will be giving a certificate for one entree to the first 600 Dashers who pick up their packets here.
Monday, May 6, 2019, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Oregon Humane Society, AMLC lobby, 1067 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97211
See how your fundraising efforts help the animals on a behind-the-scenes tour of OHS. 

Thursday, May 9, 2019, from 4-7 p.m.
iHeart Radio, 13333 SE 68th Parkway, Tigard, OR 97223

Parking & Traffic
Several SmartPark garages serve this area, and street parking is often available. View a map and info about SmartPark garages here. The garage nearest the Doggie Dash at Waterfront Park is on SE 3rd and Alder - 620 SW 3rd Ave. 
TriMet is once again teaming up with OHS, and graciously allowing dogs on board the MAX for the Doggie Dash.
  • Dogs allowed until 2 p.m. only.
  • Dogs allowed on TriMet trains only, not on buses.
  • Dogs must be under the owner’s control (leash or crate) at all times.
  • Dogs must wear a muzzle or Gentle Leader-type head collar, as well as current ID tags.
  • Dogs must use the rear car of a 2-car train only.
  • Fares required for all human companions age seven and older.

Get more information about riding TriMet's buses and trains. »

Event Rules for Dogs
For the health and safety of all dogs and people participating in Doggie Dash, participants are asked to observe the following rules for canines attending the event with you:
  • Participating dogs must be currently licensed with proof of Parvo and Rabies vaccinations. You do not need to bring proof with you; if an incident occurs, you must be able to produce proof in a reasonable amount of time.
  • For safety reasons, “extend-a-leashes” will NOT be allowed. Dogs must be kept on a regular leash at all times. Leashes should be no more than six feet in length while on the course. This event gets very crowded and longer leashes can be extremely hazardous.
  • Female dogs in heat are not permitted.
  • Race officials reserve the right to refuse entry to any dog whose behavior could be dangerous to others. Please use good judgment regarding the temperament of your pet so that this event will be safe and enjoyable for everyone.
  • Dogs younger than six months should not participate.
  • Be sure you and your dog are conditioned for this event, especially if you plan to run/walk.