Dog Jog 5K and Fun Run

Sun August 23 - Sat August 29

After carefully monitoring developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic over the last several months, CHA Animal Shelter has made the decision to transition the 30th Annual Dog Jog and Fun Run to a virtual race this year. A virtual event means that while we will not have race timing or any of the great in-person event festivities we have enjoyed previously at Genoa Park in downtown Columbus, we are hopeful that our community can still connect virtually to help raise money for the dogs and cats in our care.

This year’s switch to a virtual run/walk means that all registered participants can take part in the event by running or walking on their local bike paths, along their favorite neighborhood routes, or wherever running and walking is safely permitted at this time. Participants will be encouraged to post photos to social media and submit their virtual results for the event between Sunday August 23rd and Saturday August 29th. Don’t worry, all participants will still receive some awesome swag items including a race t-shirt, finisher medal, and a custom race bib! If you are out running and walking for this year's virtual race, we would love to see your race photos! We are encouraging participants to follow us on Facebook and post pictures with the hashtag #CHADogJog!

Keep reading below for further information on this year's race. Thanks so much for your support!


Make a difference to the animals in your community by joining us for the 30th Annual Dog Jog and Fun Run, a fundraising event that supports CHA Animal Shelter.

To participate in this virtual event, simply register and complete a 5K Run/Walk or a 1-Mile Run/Walk in your own park or neighborhood. It is always a great experience to enjoy a fun-filled morning of exercise with your ENTIRE family, including your dog!

You don't have to run or walk or attend the event to make a difference at our shelter - you can always become a fundraiser and make your voice heard in your community:

  • To become a fundraiser, just go to and click "Fundraiser Sign-up".
  • Once you have joined, simply set up a page to raise money for the animals waiting for homes at CHA Animal Shelter and share the link with others through text, email, or social media.
    • You can make the page in memory of a lost pet or even make a goofy page for an energetic pet that needs to burn some energy on the run. Either way, it's for a great cause!
  • You can also consider joining a CHA team that's already set up and raise money OR create your own with family, friends, or co-workers!

This year we are offering special CHA merchandise to our fundraisers based on the donations you are able to collect! Check out the different levels below. Photos of the fundraiser incentives can be found on our website at

  • $50 - 2 In-Shelter Cage Sponsorships
  • $100 - Custom T-Shirt
  • $200 - Embroidered Back Pack
  • $400 - Embroidered Lunch Bag
  • $800 - Double Insulated Water Bottle
  • $1500 - Embroidered Fleece Blanket

Special prizes in addition to the fundraising incentives above will be awarded to the TOP 3 fundraisers!

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Additional Race Information

Early packet pickup

If registering for the event between August 23rd and August 29th, race items can be picked up at CHA Animal Shelter (3765 Corporate Dr - 43231) between 12pm and 2pm or 6pm and 8pm Monday August 23rd through Friday August 28th and between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday August 29th.

How Does A Virtual Race Work?

We may be socially distant, but we can all share these miles in solidarity and carry on the great tradition of running or walking for a great cause. The steps are simple:

  1. Sign up
  2. Train for your race
  3. Run or walk your race
  4. Submit Your Results

Get started today and get prepped for the Dog Jog 5K and Fun Run!

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Get a Refund By Referring Friends

Refer 5 or more participants and get a refund of your paid registration amount.

Email for more information.

Part of a running club? Get a discount on registration!

Sign up with a team of 6+ runners/walkers and receive $5 off each individual registration.

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