10 Dog-Friendly Half Marathons



1) Slacker Half Marathon • Georgetown, CO

Get your pup ready for some serious downhill action! This course begins at 10,630 feet and rolls down to 8,400 feet by the time you reach the finish. Dogs are welcome to join in and if they start to slow down, enjoy peace of mind knowing that the race is walker-friendly.

Late June • Complete race info »

2) Rock the Night Away Half Marathon • Lake Perry, KS

For just $10, your dog can join in all the trail race fun. Each registered dog will receive their own bib and finisher’s medal. This single track race is great for trail-trained dogs who can manage to handle 13.1 miles of rolling hills and 3,000 feet of elevation change. Hope your pup is a night owl — this race gets going at 9:00 PM.

Late June • Complete race info »

3) Circle the Lake Half Marathon • Faribault, MN

Hopefully your dog won’t get too distracted by the nearby wildlife at this race, which includes osprey, deer, ducks, and pelicans. The start/finish line is at the historic Millersburg School House and follows the same route the Jesse James gang once traveled.

Late September • Complete race info »

4) Columbia Gorge Half Marathon • Mosier, OR

Dogs are entered into their own category at this race. The Ruffwear Dog Leg has runners and their dogs a part of the last wave start on race day. However, they will have a chance to win random prizes as they cross the finish line and at the awards ceremony. The out-and-back course climbs over 960 feet in elevation, so make sure your pooch is in shape.

Late October • Complete race info »

5) Tails & Trails Half Marathon • Omaha, NE

It’s no surprise dogs are welcomed here. Runners (and their four-legged friends) tackle the rolling hills along the wide trails of Chalco Hills, which features two loops around Wehrspann Lake. Without or without their furry friends, racers can feel great knowing their entry fee will help support local animal rescue groups.

Mid May • Complete race info »

6) Running With the Bears Half Marathon • Greenville, CA

Located in northern California, Greenville is home to this dog-friendly race, where aid stations are stocked not only with the usual hydration drinks and snacks, but with dog treats as well. This small town race has plenty of treats for the humans including goody bags stocked with locally made products and beautiful views of Mt. Jura.

Late July • Complete race info »

7) ChORD Half Marathon • Gainesville, FL

In addition to allowing furry racing companions, the ChORD Half Marathon supports the Division of Genetics and Metabolism. Runners travel a course through the University of Florida and have the opportunity to run through “The Swamp” at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Don’t forget to bring the leash and a doggie bag!

Mid October • Complete race info »

8) Dog Days Half Marathon • Westminster, CO

This race, which supports Colorado Canine Rescue, is perfect for bringing along your dog. The double out-and-back course is a half-and-half mixture of concrete and soft surface, and the race features free photos, gender-specific tech shirts, ice cold rally towels, and a finish line spread with breakfast burritos and chocolate milk.

Late July • Complete race info »

9) Park City Trail Half Marathon • Park City, UT

Make sure you and your dog are up to the challenge before tackling the Park City Trail Half Marathon, a tough course that features single-track trails, switchbacks and a technical downhill portion. Dogs are welcome to join in the dirty fun as long as they stay leashed throughout the race.

Mid September • Complete race info »

10) Moosalamoo Heavy Half Marathon • Goshen, VT

Called a “Heavy” half marathon, the Moosalamoo is actually 14 miles in length. The course takes runners (and their pups if they choose to come along) up to the top of Moosalamoo Mountain where they can enjoy gorgeous views of Lake Dunmore. This tough race is full of single-track trails and the post-race festivities with plenty of homemade goodies.

Early August • Complete race info »

1 comment… add one
  • Jody Malone January 18, 2017, 2:17 pm

    The “To Do My Best” 5k, 10k and Half Marathon in Piqua, ohio May 20, 2016 welcomes K-9s and there will be K-9 finisher medals and K-9 water stops.

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