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Sun October 29, 2023 Owings Mills, MD 21117 US Directions


5K Run/Walk

9:00AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT

Doggie Dash (Ages 12 and under)

9:30AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT Does not include t-shirt. T-shirt can be added during the registration process for $10.


Garrison Forest School
300 Garrison Forest Road
Owings Mills, MD US 21117


Heads & Tails 5K Run/Walk at 9:00 a.m.
Heads & Tails Doggie Dash at 9:30 a.m.

Hundreds of runners and volunteers take part in the Heads & Tails 5K Run/Walk & Doggie Dash. Held annually, the Heads & Tails 5K Run/Walk & Doggie Dash supports the Greater Baltimore Chamber of Commerce (formerly the Pikesville-Owings Mills Chamber). The morning’s events will feature a 5K Run/Walk (dogs can participate in this event), a Doggie Dash, a Vendor Village, and a Post-Race Celebration with our Famous Hot Breakfast!



Register early for the best rates! Please note: on-site registration is available digitally, only. We highly recommend you register in the morning before you arrive for the best cellular service and processing times.

$30 through July 30th! (one runner; or, one runner plus one dog) - Early Bird Rate!

$40 through September 30th (one runner; or, one runner plus one dog)

$50 October 1st-October 29th (one runner; or, one runner plus one dog)

Kid's 5K Registration: $25 – Ages 12 and under (includes a cotton t-shirt) – discount will be applied at check-out. 
Doggie Dash Half Mile Registration: $25 through September 30th; $35 October 1st- Race Day (one dasher; or, one dasher plus one dog)
Kids Doggie Dash Half Mile Registration: $15 -- Ages 12 and under (does not include shirt. cotton t-shirt can be purchased during registration for $10)

Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Rain or shine.


Tuesday, October 24, Pikesville Farmers Market, 2-6 p.m. 1700 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208
Friday, October 27, Falls Road Running Store, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 6247 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21209
Saturday, October 28, Baron's K-9 Market, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,  4832 Butler Road   Glyndon, MD 21071

Race Morning: On-site starting at 7:30 a.m.


Enjoy a rolling course on the tree-lined Garrison Forest School campus. See course below. 


This year parking is available on Garrison Forest School Campus! Enter campus at the light on Reisterstown Road at the intersection with Home Depot. Gates will be open for participants as of 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. Look for signs that say “5K Parking." Police will be on hand to ensure safety.


From the North and East
I-95 South to I-695 West (Baltimore Beltway). Take exit 20 North (MD-140W/Reisterstown Road). Turn left onto Reisterstown Road. Stay on Reisterstown Road for about 2 miles. Turn onto campus at the light at the intersection across from Home Depot. Proceed to the designated parking lot once on campus.

From the South and West
I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) West and North (follow signs toward Towson). Take exit 20 (MD-140W/Reisterstown Road) and yield right onto Reisterstown Road. Stay on Reisterstown Road for about 2.5 miles; turn onto campus at the light at the intersection across from Home Depot. Proceed to the designated parking lot once on campus.


Pre-Race Warm Up with Garrison Forest School Athletes. Commemorative t-shirt guaranteed for the first 300 runners/walkers and kids registered by September 30!  (Note: Doggie Dash ages 12 and under does not include shirt. Cotton t-shirt can be purchased during registration for $10); water stops; on-site first aid; on-site veterinarian. Post-race hot breakfast, snacks, and bottled water. Vendor Village and Kids Korner with pet Halloween costume parade and other family-friendly activities through 10:30am. 


Our famous HOT BREAKFAST is back for 2023 for the first time since COVID! Participating food vendors will include The Classic Catering People and other local favorites, like bagels from THB and kosher cinnamon rolls from Cinnaholic-Owings Mills. We will include favorite dishes of year's past. Load up on healthy carbs post-race with a selection of fruit and pre-packaged snacks. Bottled water will also be available.


  •     Commemorative Race shirt guaranteed for the first 300 registered runners. (Please keep in mind that women’s shirts run small. Sorry, no exchanges).
  •     Bandana for dogs participating in the Doggie Dash.
  •     Custom race glassware for runners who place in their age group. sponsored by PrintInk.


Overall Top 3- Male & Female
Age Groups Top 3- Male & Female
Age groups: 12 & U, 13-15, 16-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Race branded drinking glass and certificate for each award class above. 




Doggie Dash Details & Course

Here's a rundown of everything you need to know for you and your pup to have the best possible experience at the Heads & Tails Doggie Dash. 

The Doggie Dash will take place at 9:30am on a separate ½ mile grassy course at Garrison Forest School. 

Online registration is $25. This fee includes one handler, a commemorative t-shirt, and a pet bandana.

Meet our Mascot
Garrison Forest School faculty, staff, and students will participate in a Doggie Dash Mascot contest. Meet Cody! Be sure to follow our adorable mascot on social media leading up to the event!

Doggie Dash Course
Our Doggie Dash course is a ½ mile grassy course on the pet-friendly campus of Garrison Forest School. All dogs must be on a non-retractable leash. You can run, walk or jog at your own pace with your leashed dog. The Doggie Dash is strictly a "fun run" and is not a timed event. Most participants enjoy a leisurely stroll. 

Heads and Tails 5K
The 5K is separate from the Doggie Dash.
The Doggie Dash is a separate event and takes place at 9:30 a.m., not far from the 5K course.

Doggie Dash Prizes
We will have fun pet prizes for the pups that come in first, second, and third place. The race is not timed and winners will be determined by our Doggie Dash Celebrity Judges—all in good fun and for a good cause! 

Doggie Dash Race Bib 
All registered Dashers and their dogs will receive a race bib. 

Pet Festival

In addition to the Heads & Tails 5K and Doggie Dash, all participants can take advantage of the many free activities at the pet festival! Be sure to have your race bib with you to show you're registered!

Heads & Tails Peer-to-Peer Fundraising for Reed's Rescue
Fundraising can be fun and rewarding with a great cause! Participants can help raise money by participating.  Be sure to set up a fundraising page during the registration process. This year our Peer-to-Peer fundraising will support Reed's Rescue. Reeds Rescue is a "non-profit volunteer dog rescue organization serving the Northern Baltimore County area. We are dedicated to rescuing dogs of senior age or deemed to be terminally ill from area shelters, dogs given up by their owners because of difficult circumstances, and those in danger of decompensating in the shelter environment." We encourage race participants to fundraise on behalf of Reed's Rescue and even consider adopting a dog in need!


Doggie Dash

Mighty Dog Finish Line

Paw Prints Mile Marker

Pug Mug Photo Booth

Raise the Woof

Puppy Love Small Business Sponsor 3-10 employees

Puppy Love Small Business 1-2 employees

In-Kind Sponsors

Thank you to our Media Sponsors!

Post-race Hot Breakfast Sponsor

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