Pups in the Park 5K

Sat April 25 - Sat May 2 Dawsonville, GA 30534 US Directions RaceJoy Ready
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at https://www.fivestarntp.com/main-race-calendar.

Rock Creek Park
445 Martin Rd
Dawsonville, GA US 30534

**  UPDATE AS OF 4/2/2020 3:00 PM.  EVENT IS BEING made VIRTUAL**  

It's that time of year again, and the dogs are loose at Rock Creek Park in Dawsonville.

On April 25 you'll have a chance to help the dogs out by participating in the 4th annual 5K & Fun Run.  Awesome shirts, overall & age group awards, dog friendly, music, fun, loads of great stuff will be waiting for you after you finish a super fast 5K on our CERTIFIED course.

Race Contact Info

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Available for Apple and Android devices.

Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Pups in the Park 5K.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
View RaceJoy How-To
Entry Fee & Registration

Preview Pricing...(Through 2/19)

  • 5K...$25
  • Virtual 5K...$25
  • Fun Run...$20

Early Bird...Through (3/19)

  • 5K...$27
  • Virtual 5K...$25
  • Fun Run...$20

Regular...Through (4/19)

  • 5K...$30
  • Virtual 5K...$25
  • Fun Run...$20

Last Minute...Through (4/24)

  • 5K...$32
  • Virtual 5K...$25
  • Fun Run...$20

Race Day

  • 5K...$35
  • Fun Run...$25


Our goal is to raise $15,000 this year.  If you can help us out by raising $250, we'll refund your registration fee.

Event Beneficiary

Proceeds from the event go to the Dawson County Humane Society, a NO kill shelter dedicated to finding homes for the homeless dogs & cats in Dawson County.

Course & Timing

Great Certified Flat & Fast course inside Rock Creek Park.  We'll be electronically timing everyone.


Virtual Race

You don't have to come on Saturday to get the shirt, and have a shot at awards!

 Can't make it out to the event site on race day?   Still want to participate and have a shot at an award?  or maybe you saw the shirt and said:  "Sweet...I want one!"

Then the virtual race is for you.

Here's how it works:

  1. Register for the Virtual division & Start Training
  2. The day before the race you'll receive instructions & a link to submit your race time
  3. Submit your race time by end of race day
  4. The day after the race results (Virtual Runner division) will be posted online
  5. Monday after the race you'll receive an email with a link to the results & any pictures.
  6. Monday after the race we'll package up all the T-shirts, medals, and Keepsake Bibs; and put them in the mail.
Awards, Goodies, & festival

We have awards in the following categories:

  • Top 3 overall M/F
  • Top 3 overall Master's M/F (40 Years +)
  • Top 3 overall Grand Master M/F (50 Years +)
  • Top 3 overall Senior Master M /F (60 Years +)
  • Top 3 in each of the normal 5 year age groups 10 & Under through 75+.  


Awesome race shirts (guaranteed in your size if you register by 4/7, afterwards they're available while supplies last.  


The fun doesn't end when you cross the finish line...the Humane society has loads of things lined up to make it a great day.

-Dog Show

-Chick-Fil-A Cow

-Jumpy Houses

-Dog Demonstrations

-Pet adoption

-Face Painting


Have a dog that likes to run?

It's a Dog's Day at the park.  You can bring your pooch to run the 5K or sit with you during the 0K.  We'll be handing out awards to the fastest dogs too! 

Groups & Teams

Grab your family, friends, and co-workers and participate as a team…you can score a great discount, and nothing will replace the additional fun.


  • 5+...Save $2.50 (per runner)
  • 11+…Save $3.75 (per runner) 
  • 21+…Save $5.00 (per runner)
  • 51+…Save $6.25 (per runner)
  • 100+…Save $7.50 (per runner)
Five Star Championships & Turkey Trot
  • All participants will automatically qualify for:
  • FREE entry into the Five Star Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot or the Early Bird Turkey Trot
  • Top finishers will also have the opportunity earn a spot in the championships to be held in January 2021. The number of spots available is based on the total registration...see event website for details.
Event Courtesy & Refund Policy
  • Our events are designed to be fun and for the entire family. With that in mind any competitor, spectator, parent, volunteer, or sponsor, exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct or interfering with the positive, competitive atmosphere of the event will be asked to leave the venue and course immediately with no refunds.


  • All registrations are final...We're sorry, but their are no refunds, deferments, or transfers.


  • Event will go rain or shine...in the event of lighting or other dangerous conditions, the event would be cancelled...we're sorry, but there are no refunds in this instance


  • Unfortunately any shirts & swag not picked up by the event start will be forfeited.  We cannot mail shirt and giveaways.
Event Schedule
  • April 19 - Deadline to guarantee shirt
  • April 25
    • 8:00 am...Check In Opens
    • 9:00 am...5K start
    • 10:00 am...Fun Run Starts

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