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Join Us on Sunday, August 13 at Riverfront Park, Salem

Here's a rundown of everything you need to know for you and your pup to have the best possible experience at WillaMutt Strut. Need more info? Please check out our frequently-asked questions (FAQs) or email the WillaMutt Strut Support Team


Prepare for the Event


Online registration is now closed! Day-of registration will be available at the event starting at 8:30 a.m. This year's WillaMutt Strut will take place on Sunday, August 13, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Riverfront Park in Salem, Oregon. Your $35 registration fee includes a special edition t-shirt and a doggie bag of goodies. Kids 10 and under participate for free.


Day-of Registration

Want to register on the day of the event? Bring a donation of pet food or supplies from our wish list to the event on August 13 to receive $10 off your WillaMutt Strut registration! 


Experience the Event 


This is a family-friendly, group-friendly, and dog-friendly event. This untimed event is perfect for anyone at any level of fitness, whether you're an avid runner or casual stroller. Walk, run, strut, or wag your stuff in our 1K route around Riverfront Park.
Event Schedule
  • 8:30 a.m.  Onsite Registration and Check-In begins
  • 9 a.m. – Festival/Food Trucks/Libation Station begins
  • 9:30 a.m. – 1K Strut starts: Due to the hot weather, the 5K route will not be available. Beat the heat and enjoy the festival!
  • 10:45 a.m. – Contests begin ​​​​​
    • Costume Contest
    • Treat Toss Tournament
    • Leap or Limbo Contest
    • Peanut Butter Lick-Off 
  • 1 p.m. Event ends  


Event Rules for Dogs

For the health and safety of all dogs and people participating in WillaMutt Strut, please observe the following rules for canines attending the event with you:
  • If your pet is displaying any signs of illness, please leave them home or consult your vet before attending the event. 
  • Participating dogs must be currently licensed with proof of DHLPP 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.


Event Health & Safety Measures

Oregon Humane Society’s first priority is the safety and health of pets, attendees, sponsors, vendors, volunteers, and staff.
  • We are monitoring the weather closely. The festival will have kiddie pools and water cooling stations, in addition to a First Aid booth sponsored by VCA Salem. 
    • ​If you have a smoosh-faced or young dog under one year old, consider skipping the walk/run and instead enjoy the festival.
    • Costumes are cute, but they can be hot. Please limit costume-wearing to the Costume Contest only. OHS staff and volunteers will gladly assist if you need an extra set of hands to help put on or take off your pup’s costume.
    • Pavement, asphalt, metal, and even sand that have been heated by the sun can burn dogs’ paw pads. Remember: if the surface is too hot for your bare hand or foot, it’s too hot for your dog’s feet.
    • Please visit our website for more tips on staying safe in warmer weather.
  • If your pet is displaying any signs of illness, please leave them home or consult your vet before attending the event. 


Event Info for Sponsors 

Whether you are new to WillaMutt Strut or are one of many returning business partners or vendors of our largest consumer fundraiser in Salem, we can’t wait to welcome you to this year’s event!