The Iowa Dog Jog is a 4K and 2K run/walk (heck, you can even dance your way along the route) that has been created for dog-lovers and their favorite 4-legged friends!







BYOD EVENT

"Bring Your Own Dog"
We love dogs, that’s why we’re all here, right? For the safety of all dogs at the Iowa Dog Jog, please make sure your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations. No retractable leashes. We will have plenty of water for drinking and playing after your pups big adventure on the course!

SUPPORT HOMELESS PETS

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is Iowa's largest nonprofit animal shelter, caring for and finding homes for thousands of animals each year. By participating in the Iowa Dog Jog - you are helping the ARL to CHANGE LIVES!

SPONSOR OR VOLUNTEER

Contact events@arl-iowa.org if you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

If you would like to volunteer, click here to get started!

 

The Iowa Dog Jog is thrilled to bring its event to the brand new Terra Park in Johnston. The route will begin with a shaded run down Pioneer Parkway on a route closed completely to vehicular traffic. At the 2K mark, athletes will have the choice to head for the finish line or continue on for another 2K within Terra Lake Park including a lap around the lake and a home stretch next to the brand new Amphitheatre. Relax on the Great Lawn following the event or unleash your animals in our pop-up dog park.

Collect some sWAG when you create a fundraising page to further support the homeless animals at the ARL! Everyone wins - you get cool stuff, and the animals feel the love, too!

$35
Tito's Dog Toy

We dare you to find a dog toy cooler than this one. It's plush, squeaky, it floats and is machine washable (you're welcome) - plus, your dog won't feel left out while you're enjoying your own adult beverage.

$150
Benebone Chew
& Tito's Items


Every dog we've asked is in love with the Benebone Dog Chew, and says water just tastes better out of a Tito's bowl, followed by a walk with the Tito's leash, and playtime with the Tito's toy.

$350
Name a Litter, $50 ARL Gift Card & Tito's Items

When you raise $350, you'll get to name a litter of kittens or puppies, $50 ARL giftcard for adoption, training classes, or retail, and Tito's leash, bowl, and toy.

September 23, 2017 might go down in the books as your dog’s favorite day. A run/walk followed by the fun of a dog park? Now that’s the life! Be sure to stick around for the after party on the Great Lawn so your pups can play and you can visit with vendors that will be offering discounts, giveaways, and have great products and services for your dog!

GENERAL INFORMATION

When is the 2017 Iowa Dog Jog?
The Iowa Dog Jog will take place on Saturday, September 23rd at 10 a.m. at Terra Lake Park in Johnston.

Can I run with my dog?
Absolutely! This race is for the animals and the more paws the better in our opinion! Each human can register up to 4 animals.

Do you allow transfers or refunds?
No, there are no transfers or refunds allowed. If you choose not to participate in the event you can still pick up your swag and your registration fee will still be donated to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

Do I need to register my children?
Humans ages 3+ must be registered.

What is included with my race entry?
There are different levels of race registrations. Please refer to the "Registration" section of the webpage to see what sWAG each category receives.

Where does the money for the Iowa Dog Jog go?
100% of the net proceeds will help provide food, shelter, and medical care for the thousands of homeless pets that arrive at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa each day. To help even more animals, after you register, make sure to create a fundraising page - you will help homeless pets and earn cool prizes for you and your dog!

What are the distances for the Iowa Dog Jog?
The Iowa Dog Jog 4K is 2.49 miles and the Iowa Dog Jog 2K is 1.24 miles. There is only one registration and you choose the distance you want to participate in on race morning.

Where is parking?
Parking is available at Terra Lake. There will be signage to direct you to the correct lots and a map will be sent out in your pre-race email.

What roads will be impacted?
We will have a road impact map closer to race day.

Will the race take place rain or shine?
Pack your ponchos! Rain or shine the event will happen but if there is unsafe weather we will work with the Johnston Police Department to monitor the situation and keep you informed. We most definitely want to ensure each athlete gets to experience the Iowa Dog Jog but we will make sure that the safety of the athletes, volunteers, staff and city officials is the number one priority.

Who is producing this event?
RipRoar Events is a Des Moines based event production company. We carefully choose events that are empowering and impactful on our community and strive to produce events at the absolute highest level. Other events we produce include: The Des Moines Turkey Trot, Glow With The Flow Yoga, The Des Moines Women's Half Marathon, 5K + Team Relay and the RipRoar Youth Triathlon Series.

PACKET PICK-UP INFORMATION

What time is packet pick-up?
Packet pick-up is at the ARL of Iowa (5452 NE 22nd St, Des Moines, IA 50313) on Friday, September 22nd from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. and at Terra Lake Park on Saturday, September 23rd from 7 a.m.-9 a.m.

What do I bring with me to packet pick-up?
Bring your ID and your smiling face. If you are picking up packets for people other than yourselves you’ll also need to bring the proxy form found HERE.

Can I pick up packets for others?
Yes! Just bring a copy of their ID and a signed proxy form from each person. Proxy form can be found HERE.

COURSE INFORMATION

What type of support will be on the race course?
You will be running on either clearly marked closed roads or trails for the entirety of each distance. There will be one aid station at the 2K mark of the 4K race.

Are there awards for top fundraisers?
Yes, we will recognize the top fundraisers at the stage post-race--as if raising money for the animals isn't enough motivation to fundraise.

Is this event timed?
No, this is an untimed event.

Are strollers allowed on the course?
Unfortunately, due to the number of dogs participating and insurance guidelines, strollers are not allowed on the course.

Can I walk?
Yes! Our motto is just put one foot (or paw) in front of the other.

What happens after I cross the finish line?
We pamper you and your 4-legged friends in the post-race area. We will have dog treats, a pop-up dog park, dog painting, character artist, doggie nail trim station, dog wash, DIY treat and toy making, memorial wall, music and a space to celebrate. Basically, it's the cutest post-race party around.

What time does the post-race celebration take place?
10:15 a.m.

Will the post-race celebration take place rain or shine?
Pack your ponchos! Rain or shine the event will happen. If there is unsafe weather we will work with the Johnston police to monitor the situation and keep you informed. We most definitely want to ensure each athlete gets to experience the Iowa Dog Jog but we will make sure that the safety of the athletes, volunteers, staff and city officials is the number one priority.