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Howl-i-day Doggie Dash 5K

Sat January 27, 2024 Los Angeles, CA 90027 US Directions


4800 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA US 90027



Join us for our 6th Doggie Dash - the Howl-i-day 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 humans only and one for pups with their human! All the details are below.  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.

Location & Date
The Howl-i-day Doggie Dash 5K takes place on Saturday, January 27, in Griffith Park. The humans only 5K starts at 7:30 and the pups and human 5K starts at 8:30.  The start/finish area is the Park Center grassy area in Griffith Park. The 5K is one loop around the golf course and is trail/packed dirt and flat.

Course & Race Info
The start/finish area for Howl-i-day Doggie Dash 5K is in the Park Center grassy area in Griffith Park (diagonally across from the Griffith Park Visitor Center/Ranger Station). Look for us by the picnic tables between the tennis courts and Shane's Inspiration Playground.  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 8:30, this is the race for you.

8:30 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.

Doggie Howl-i-day Costume Contest
Of course there's a costume contest! With prizes!

PAWS/LA: 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. Click HERE for

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.  Click HERE for

Pups & Human 5K Awards
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.

Human Only 5K Awards
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+

Race Day Registration (if not sold out) & Packet Pick-Up
If race is not sold out, you can register in person race morning, starting at 7:00 AM. Packet pick up will be race morning as well, also starting at 7:00 AM. Please note an additional $5 late fee applies for same-day registration.

Past Results & Free Past Pix
For past results, please click HERE.  For free pix, please click HERE.

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.

Race Contact Info

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