Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit's Mutt Strut 2017

Sat May 13, 2017 Dearborn, MI 48124 US Directions

5K Run (Timed)

8:00AM EDT - 1:00PM EDT

5K Walk (Not Timed)

8:00AM EDT - 1:00PM EDT

Pre-registration is closed, but same day registration begins at 8AM tomorrow on-site! We hope to see you then!

Hit the trail with your furry friend and raise money for homeless animals!
Please join us for Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit's 12th annual Mutt Strut 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 8AM - 1PM at Ford Field Park Dearborn. Mutt Strut is a pledge-driven dog 5K Run/Walk and community-wide animal celebration with lots of entertainment, education, shopping and fun for pets and their families. Since 2006, Mutt Strutters have raised $866,000, which directly helped more than 27,100 homeless dogs and cats---plus thousands more in Southeast Michigan through our many outreach programs.  Help us reach our 2017 goal of $85,000 by setting up a personal fundraising page - which will transform the lives of homeless animals who depend on us. We encourage all attendees to fundraise or donate a minimum of $50 (more is greatly appreciated)!

Human participants will receive a t-shirt and access to lots of fun (plus runners will receive a medal and race bib). Our four-legged friends will enjoy a bandana, dog games, contests, agility course and more. Check out the full schedule below!

Don't have a dog? Support the shelter by struttin' with some human pals. Or sleep in and participate as a Cat-Napper! Mutt Strut will take place rain or shine since all weather is dog weather!


Parking is free in the Ford Field Park Dearborn parking lot located at 22051 Cherry Hill Street, Dearborn, MI 48124. Registration will take place at Ford Field Park by the baseball diamond.

Schedule of Fun

8 am | Packet Pick-up and Same Day Registration
             Photo Booth Open
             Shopping and Vendor Booths Open. Check out a list of our great vendors below!
             DJ Shawn Martinez

8:30am | Race Warm-ups Provided By The Detroit Medical Center

9 am | Race START (with and without dogs)

9:15 am | Walk START  (with and without dogs) 

10:00 am - 1 pm | CGC Testing for Canines
                               Agility Course: Free!
                               Lure Course (until 1:30 pm)

10:00 am - 1 pm | Food Truck Rally Including Shimmy Shack, Smokey Rhodes BBQ, Humor Me
                             Ice Cream and What's Up Dawg Cart!

10:15 am | Awards Ceremony and Top Fundraisers Prize

10:30 am | Face Painting 
                  Pet Fun Area (Full Schedule Below)      

11:30 am | Raffle Drawing: $1000 cash prize

Pet Fun Area Schedule
10:30 am | Best Kisser/Licker Contest

11:00 am | Musical Hoops Game 

11:30 am | Hot Dog Toss Contest

12:00 pm | Musical Hoops Game

1:00 pm | Peanut Butter Lick Contest

Bemer Group, Best Breed, Chief Financial Credit Union, The Coffee Man, Copple Chiropractic, Costco, Cousins Clothing/Art Designs, Cricket Wireless, cruelTfreeCREATIONS, Dearborn Farmers & Artisan Market, Dearborn Federal Savings Bank, Dearborn Recreation & Parks, Doggone Bandanas, Doggy Deli, Downriver Roller Dolls, Everdry, FAMD Fido's Bakery, Frank Hershey, Happy Howie's, Head to Tail Groomers, Just Clowning Around with Friends, Lularoe, Maves Fashion Faves, MaxxDoggToyz, Pet-a-Pet Club, Inc., Renewal by Andersen, Sadie Jane's, Stiggy's Dogs, Timbers and Treasures, Two Men and a Photo Booth, VetSelect Animal Hospital Dearborn, Vickie Maule: Century 21 Real Estate and Woofstock LLC.

Race Course

Our new 5K Run/Walk course will wind through the scenic Gateway Trail. Download the course map for a preview!

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

Runner Awards

All runners will receive a medal (must sign up as a runner during the registration process). In addition, awards will be presented to the overall top female and male finishers in the 5K as well as the first place female and male finishers in each age group: 9 and under, 10-13,14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and older.

Personal Fundraising Pages & Awards

Set up your own race fundraising page to raise additional funds in support of Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit! We encourage all attendees to fundraise or donate a minimum of $50 (more is greatly appreciated)! You can upload a photo, write a personal story, set fundraising goals and invite your friends and family to donate in support of your run or walk! You will also receive a custom url address you can use to promote your page! Become a Super Strutter by raising $300! Visit our strutter booth at the event to receive two free lunch vouchers and a give-away item. The top three individual fundraisers will also receive the following prizes: 
First Prize: $300 Pet Supplies Plus gift card and doggie bed and toys
Second Prize: $200 Pet Supplies Plus gift card
Third Prize: $100 Pet Supplies Plus gift card

For additional information, check out the links below!
How to Create a Personal Fundraising Page

How to Manage a Personal Fundraising Page

Don't want to create a Fundraising page, or want to collect pledges offline in addition to your online collection efforts? Print a Pledge Collection Form below and bring it with you to Mutt Strut registration! If you created a Fundraising page you can drop your Pledge Collection Form and money off at the shelter and someone from the Mutt Strut 2017 team will enter the information online so that you can see your progress. If someone would like to mail in a check in support of your participation, please make checks payable to Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit, put your name in the memo line and mail to:
Friends For Animals of Metro Detroit
Attn: Mutt Strut
2661 Greenfield
Dearborn, MI 48120

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

Teams: Create a Dog Pack

Teams aren’t just limited to family members! Groups of friends, co-workers, community and civic organizations, towns, and even whole schools have found that banding together is an effective way to increase the amount of money they can raise for the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit! By officially registering your team online you will now have access to powerful recruitment and fundraising resources. Donations must be made to individuals on a team. Team awards will be provided to the top three teams that raise the most funds! Prizes include: 
First Prize: Bowling Party for 10-18 guests provided by Skore Lanes of Taylor including two games and shoe rental with pizza and pop included!
Second Prize: Midway Golf and Entertainment Center Fun Package
Third Prize: Pizza Party up to 20 people

Plus, the top team led by a youth (under age 18) that raises the most funds will win a cool trophy and a free pizza party for their classroom including a meet and greet with a shelter dog!

For more information, check out the links below!
How to Create/Join a New Team
How to View/Manage a Team


The Mutt Strut raffle is a great way to support homeless animals! Buy a ticket for $5 and you could you win $1,000! The winning ticket will be drawn at 11:30AM at Mutt Strut!

You do not need to be present to win. To purchase a ticket, stop by the shelter lobby at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn, MI 48120, email or visit us at Mutt Strut!

Help Us Promote Mutt Strut!

Please help us spread the word about Mutt Strut - post on social media, hang up posters and tell your friends and family! Thank you for your help in making this the biggest year yet! #MuttStrut5K 

Race Contact Info

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2016 Photos

Check out pictures of our 2016 event! We can't wait for you to experience all of the fun that awaits this year!

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Media Sponsor
Alpha Dog
Food Trucks
Valued Sponsors
Ford Field Park Dearborn
22051 Cherry Hill Street
Dearborn, MI US 48124

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