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Each participant may only bring one dog to the event.
Dogs must be leashed at all times.
We recommend using a dog harness instead of a collar. If you slip you could injure your dog’s neck. (Tip: Many runners prefer hands-free leashes for getting through obstacles.)
Dogs must be at least 1 year old on race day.
Children must be at least age 9 to run, but must compete without a dog. Children must be at least age 13 to run with a dog.
Dogs must be up to date on all vaccinations(Rabies, DHPP, Bordetella), veterinary check-ups, be free from any health-related issues such as: complications of old age, joint pain, injury, and must be medically cleared by a veterinarian to compete in the UltiMutt Race. *Vet records will not be required at registration table, however, we recommend having a photo of them on your phone handy in the case there arises any issue.
Dogs must be regularly socialized and comfortable around unfamiliar people and dogs. If you are unsure how your dog will react in a crowd, please err on the side of caution and do not bring him to the event and risk him being uncomfortable. For questions about socializing your dog, please consult your veterinarian.
If you or your dog cannot complete an obstacle you must move to the side of the course and perform 30 squats before moving on. If entering the competitive wave of 2.5k or 5k you must complete the obstacle penalty before moving forward. If you’re in the fun run, completing the 30 squats is optional.
The dog+human team (male & female) to finish with the fastest time in the 2.5k and 5k and have completed all the obstacles and/or the 30 squats penalties will be awarded the coveted title of UltiMutt Champion. FAQS:
Can I race without a dog? Absolutely! We understand your need to be in the company of canines.
I’m not in the best shape, can I still race? UltiMutt offers competitive and fun run categories to suit all fitness levels.
I want to win, which wave should I register for? Enter the 2.5k or 5k competitive race, not the fun run.
What do I get if I win? The coveted title of UltiMutt Champion, an exclusive UltiMutt Champion T-shirt, and other awesome prizes donated by our sponsors.
Are there other prizes? Yes, each participant to complete the race will earn the right to call themselves a true UltiMutt and receive a finisher's T-shirt, dog bandana from Southern Fried Cotton, and a finisher's medal. *The first 100 registrants will receive an event-unique commemorative badge to iron/sew on to your dog's collar. Run multiple UltiMutt Races to collect them all!
Is the event safe for my dog? The safety and happiness of all dogs is of utmost importance to our organization. All obstacles have been designed and tested by dog agility professionals to ensure proper function for dog and human teams to complete.
Is my dog safe and healthy for the event? All dogs must be at least 1 year old, up to date on all vaccinations(Rabies, DHPP, Bordetella), must not have any health issues, sicknesses, limitations resulting from old age, and must not have any history/sign of aggression or nervousness. Any sign of aggression or nervousness or any medical record revealing a lapse in vaccination will result in an automatic disqualification from current and any future UltiMutt events without refund. For the safety of other racers, if a dog is a disturbance to other racers, UltiMutt Staff reserve the right to request your immediate removal of the dog from the event premises.
I’m not sure how my dog will act around other dogs, should I bring him? If your dog has never been around unfamiliar dogs, you can’t be certain how he will react and it is best not to risk making him uncomfortable or causing an issue for other racers. For information on socializing your dog or determining whether your dog is comfortable around other dogs, please consult your veterinarian.
How do I weigh my dog? Step on a weight scale and record your weight. Holding your dog in your arms, step on the scale again and record the new weight. Subtract the two weights and the difference is your dog’s weight.
I don’t want to participate in the race, can I still help fundraise? Um…ABSOLUTELY! You can raise money individually or start a team. Just click our fundraising link here to get started. Donate to Greenville County Animal Care
How can I be a volunteer? Caring and reliable volunteers are essential to our events. Volunteers receive special swag. Need volunteer hours for credit? We can provide documentation upon request. For more information about volunteering or to register, click here. Become an UltiMutt Volunteer!
My friend and I want to run together, but we have different size dogs, what do we do? Register for the Large Dogs Fun Run, 2.5k or 5k option. Specify during registration or in an email that you'd like to run together and we will seed you together. Email: email@example.com
How will the race be timed? We will be starting a group of dog & owners every 5-10 minutes to allow for comfortable racing. The event is chip timed from your race bib. The time is calculated based upon when you individually cross the start line and finish line.