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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!
$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)
More details coming soon!
Race Morning: Onsite starting at 7:30AM
Enjoy a rolling course on the tree-lined Garrison Forest School campus. See course below.
Parking will be available in two locations along Reisterstown Road across from Garrison Forest School Campus. Look for signs that say “5K Parking” and “Doggie Dash Parking.” Police will be on hand to ensure safe crossing.
HOME DEPOT 9818 Reisterstown Rd. This lot is reserved for registrants with dogs. We suggest parking in a space closest to Reisterstown Rd. Cross at the light. The school gates will be open. The Doggie Dash will be to your right, but please check in first to get your bib. Doggie Dash registrants will receive an email with a Doggie Dash sign to place on their dash for parking.
MD Furniture parking lot. 9800 Reisterstown Rd. Reserved for 5K Run/Walk participants. Please carefully cross Reisterstown Rd onto the school campus. There will be a horse barn on your right as you enter the campus. Proceed until you see signs/tents for Registration and Check-In.
There is no parking on Garrison Forest School campus except for 5K Volunteers. Thank you.
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; proceed to designated parking lot (MD Furniture at 9800 Reisterstown Rd for participants with pets or other lot, currently pending approval. Check back for update).
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; proceed to the designated parking lot (MD Furniture at 9800 Reisterstown Rd for participants with pets or other lot, currently pending approval. Check back for update).
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 snacks and bottled water. Vendor Village and Kids Korner with 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. We will include favorite dishes of year's past. The list of participating vendors is developing and will be updated here. Load up on healthy carbs post-race with a selection of fruit and pre-packaged snacks. Bottled water will also be available.
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 in September. 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.
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!
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