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Sun July 21, 2024 Aurora, IL 60504 US
Countdown to Race Day



$45 Price increases after July 20, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT
Open to ages 3+.


998 Kautz Rd
Waubonsie Lake Park
Aurora, IL US 60504



Run for the Dogs 5k 5K features a scenic course!  

Join us on Sunday July 21, 2024 at 9:00 am  or 11:00 am for an exciting "Run for the Dogs Themed" event that features the scenic views of Waubonsie Lake Park in Aurora, IL!  With awesome swag for all dog lovers and runners, this race is a sure thing for a great doggy good time!  This race is timed and scored by J3 Timing.  Results will be posted at   

Registration Includes:

  • Short Sleeve T-Shirt
  • Finisher Medal for Humans
  • Finisher Medals for Dogs
  • Sunglasses or Dog Bandana (your choice!)
  • 5k Run/Walk Entry
  • Chip Timed Race Bib
  • Live Race Results
  • Finish Line Treats For  Dogs!

Race Swag

Charity Partner

Animals Deserving of Proper Treatment (A.D.O.P.T.) is a private, “no-kill”, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has found homes for more than 20,000 pets.  We provide a temporary, loving home for dogs and cats that no longer have a family of their own.  The animals in our shelter have ended up here for a variety of reasons ranging from abandonment, to rescue from an abusive situation, to owner surrender because they no longer are able to take care of them.  Our animals are loving, family pets who are desperately awaiting for their forever home.

A.D.O.P.T. was founded in 1989 by a group of dedicated volunteers determined to find homes for animals in need.  Over the years, our objective has remained the same:  to place animals into permanent, caring homes and advance the humane treatment of animals through education.

Course Map

Age Group Awards

Age Group Awards:

Top (1) Overall Male and Female
Top (3) in Age Groups:  9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.

Important details: 

  • Competitive Runners, please start in the front of the line!
  • There will be no age group ceremony.  Please look up your results at after finishing and if you placed top 3 in your category please visit the registration table to pick up your award.
  • Age Group medals will be available for pickup at the registration table.  Results will be Live!   Age group awards are only available the day of the event and will not be available for shipment once the event has concluded.

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup will be held on Race Morning beginning at 7:45 AM.

Referral Program

Got Friends?  Earn Cash Back by Signing up your Friends! 

5 Referrals = $25 CASH BACK!

  1. Register for the Race
  2. Copy and Paste the referral URL that you receive at checkout (you will also get the link in your confirmation email)
  3. Post the link on Social Media and Email to your friends
  4. Make sure to remind them click on YOUR link to register (rather than searching for the event online)

Free Race Photos

Throw your paws in the air like you just don't care when you cross that finish line!  Our photographers will upload race photos right after the event for free download!




Parking is available. Car Pooling is suggested.  


FAQ Section

Can I Run with My Pet?  Absolutely!  We are running to support pets, pet lovers, and animal charities!  So you can run or walk with or without your LEASHED pet!

Can I participate virtually?     Yes, click here to register for our Virtual Run for the Dogs. Virtual Packets will be mailed out the week of July 15, 2024.

Are strollers allowed? You are welcome to use a stroller for this event but it is not recommended due to uneven ground on the course and children in strollers can participate for free and do not need to register.

Is walking allowed? Yes, Absolutely!  We have as many walkers as we do runners (if not more!)

I still have questions, who do I contact?  If you have a question, someone else probably does too.  Email us using the "questions" button on this page, we would love to hear from you!  

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Professionally Timed by J3 Timing

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