Friends of Richmond K-9 Harry Pherson Memorial 5K for K-9's

Sat April 4, 2020 Richmond, VA 23220 US Directions

Harry Pherson Memorial 5k for K-9's

9:00AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT
Cancellation of 5k for K9's due to COVID-19

Dear runners, sponsors and supporters,

Following the recommendations from the Virginia Department of Health,  the recommendations of the Governor, and due to the increasing burden on the Richmond Police Department as the current situation continues to develop in response to the COVID-19 virus, the Friends of Richmond K-9 is moving forward to cancel the Annual Harry Pherson Memorial 5k for k9's. 

We know how much the Richmond community loves this event, and supports the Richmond Police Department K-9 unit!  Although we have a non-refundable registration fee, we are happy to mail you your race t-shirt.  Runners who have signed up, please contact with your mailing address and preferred t-shirt size.

We would love to say thank you to each of you who signed up for the run and your continued support Friends of Richmond K-9, if you go for a run or run a 5k on your own and decide to do a 5k, we would love to see your post run/5k face! Tag us in your post #FORK95k or #runforFORK9 so we can feature you on our social media and thank you personally for your support. 

We appreciate everyone's support and understanding. As a reminder to stay safe and healthy, wash your hands frequently, do not shake hands, or touch your face, and stay home if possible to reduce your chance or exposure.  


William Byrd Park
Richmond, VA US 23220

5K run or walk to support the Richmond Police K-9 Unit in memory of retired K-9 Officer and Friends of Richmond K-9 board member Harry Pherson.

Race entry gift: Race participants will receive a  t-shirt, medal and Friends of Richmond K-9 sports bag.

Awards:  Trophies for top 3 male and female finishers. 1st place male and 1st place female both win gift certificates for Sunday Brunch for 2 at The Jefferson Hotel and a framed Harry Pherson photograph.

Age group awards: Top 3 in each age group will receive special award. Age Groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over.

IMPORTANT DATE REMINDER:  You must be registered online by March 6th, 2020 at noon to be guaranteed a t-shirt in your requested size. We will have some extra shirts ordered, but if you register after March 6th, 2020 there is no guarantee you will get your requested size or a t-shirt. 

All runners will receive an email on Saturday, March 28th and Thursday, April 2nd with pre-race bag pickup instructions and other race detail information. 


1. Dogs are allowed with owner under the following conditions: Dog must be friendly, well behaved and under owners control at all times. Dog must be up to date on shots. Dog must be on 6' non retractable leash. We ask that runners with dogs start near the back of the pack at beginning of race for safety of all runners and dogs. Owners must bring own bags to clean up after dog if necessary. 

2. Runners are allowed to have strollers in race. We ask that runners with strollers start near the end of the pack for the safety of children and other runners. 

3. Children 5 and under may run/walk with their parent for free if they stay with their parent during the race. Runners 6 and over must pay registration fee and have bib # to participate. We ask that runners with small children start near the back of the pack for their safety. 

4. Race will be chip timed by Commonwealth Timing and Race Management:

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Friends of Richmond K-9 is a non profit organization that helps the Richmond Police K-9 Unit. Check out this video to see all that these wonderful K-9's do with the Officers to protect and serve our City. There will be a free Police K-9 demo after the 5K and opportunities for families to have their picture taken with some of the Officers and K-9's. Check out this video to see what these amazing K-9's can do!


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