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Muddy Paws 5 Mile

Part of the Dirty Trail Series
Run or Hike!

Muddy Paws 10 Mile

Part of the Dirty Trail Series
Dogs are Chip Timed!


Pine Hollow, CVNP
5465 Quick Rd
Peninsula, OH 44264


Get ready for an exhilarating adventure at the Muddy Paws 5 & 10M and 2 Mile Dog Run, set among the trails of the picturesque Kendall Lake area of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Lace up your shoes and prepare to tackle one loop for the 5 miler, or challenge yourself with two loops for the 10 miler. Whether you walk or run, this race has an option perfectly suited to your pace. And let's not forget the four-legged participants! Join in the excitement with your furry friend on the specially designed 2 mile course where dogs are chip timed and receive their own swag.

Since its inception in 2005 by WRR partner Vince Rucci, Muddy Paws has become a beloved event. Vince's passion for running with his rescue dogs inspired this race, and it's only fitting that it supports the Humane Society of Summit County. Make sure to swing by their adoption vehicle on race day – you might just discover a new trail partner to join you on future adventures!

And just a reminder... Muddy Paws is your last chance to register for this year's Dirty Trail Series as a Dirty VIP. By becoming a Dirty VIP, you not only qualify for Dirty Series scoring but also gain access to other exclusive benefits!


The Muddy Paws course begins on a lush carpet of green grass before venturing across a wildflower meadow. The trail leads you deep into the woods, where you'll conquer challenging hills and navigate the oak, hickory, and beech woodlands that have reclaimed former farmland. Kendall Lake offers a peaceful backdrop, while the soft path beneath your feet, formed by the needles of white and red pines planted by the CCC in the 1930s, guides you along stretches of the trail.

As you make your way back to Pine Hollow approaching the finish line, you will feel the urge to let out a triumphant howl at the top of Sound of Music Hill to announce your completion of this unforgettable adventure! Click here to view the Muddy Paws course maps.


Donations benefit the Humane Society of Summit County. They will be bringing their Adoption Vehicle to the race, where you can meet some adorable, adoptable animals!

Swag Options

5 and 10 mile participants receive your choice of:

  • Salomon Five Panel Cap in washed cotton with adjustable headband (serenity/lime or denim/cabernet) – 10M ONLY
  • 26oz Specialized Purist Water Bottle with MoFlo 2.0 cap, ergonomic grip, and leakproof design
  • 16oz Insulated Stainless Steel Double Walled Travel Coffee Mug with 2-in-1 lid and laser engraved DTS logo (brown, gray, or green)
  • Stainless Pint Cup (DTS logo or CVNP design)

2024 Muddy Paws Swag Options


5 and 10 Mile Events:

  • Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • Top 3 Male and Female in the following 5-year age groups:
    24 & Under, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70 & Over

2 Mile Dog Run:

  • Dogs are chip timed – awards TBD

Become a Dirty VIP

Dirty Trail Series VIP Members receive the following benefits:

  • Entry to all 2024 Dirty Trail Series events
  • An additional entry to Muddy Paws 2 Mile Dog Run
  • 10% off shoes for the entire year at Vertical Runner
  • Swag for each race
  • Invitation to the Dirty Series Awards Party (includes lunch and raffle)
  • $425 value for $325 (Save $100!) – pro-rated after each race

When you register for Muddy Paws, select the Dirty VIP Membership Bundle.


  • Early Registration (through May 9)
    10 Mile – $50
    5 Mile – $35
    2 Mile – $15
  • Regular Registration (May 10-29)
    10 Mile – $55
    5 Mile – $35
    2 Mile – $15
  • Late Registration (May 30 - June 8)
    10 Mile – $60
    5 Mile – $40
    2 Mile – $15

Race Day Details

  • Start Time:
    10 Mile – 8:30 A.M.
    5 Mile – 8:30 A.M.
    2 Mile – 7:30 A.M.
    No cutoff times
  • Early Packet Pickup: Friday 2:00-7:00 P.M. at Vertical Runner Hudson
  • Race Day Packet Pickup: 6:45 A.M. at Pine Hollow
  • Fluid Stations will serve water and Skratch hydration. Participants are encouraged to carry water.

More Information

  • Muddy Paws is part of the Dirty Trail Series, featuring races from 5k to half marathon distances on some of the best hiking and bridle trails in Northeast Ohio.
  • Visit our website to learn more about Western Reserve Racing and to view our race calendar.

Dirty Trail Series   Western Reserve Racing

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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 Muddy Paws.

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.
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Pine Hollow, CVNP
5465 Quick Rd
Peninsula, OH 44264


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