Doggie Dash Event Info

Here's everything you need to know about Doggie Dash, including the event location, when to arrive, parking, and more.

Location & Registration

Doggie Dash is held every year at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland. All event-day activities will take place on May 14, 2016.

The registration tent handles both day-of registration and, if you pre-registered online, race bib pick-up. The registration tent opens at 7:30 am on May 14.

Online registration closed at 11:30 pm Thursday, May 12. You can register on-site at the Dash on Saturday morning until 8:30 am. The registration tent is located in the park near the intersection of SW Naito Parkway and SW Pine St. (near the Battleship Oregon monument).

Advance Pick-up

We suggest you pick up your registration bib in advance at one of three pick-up locations to avoid waiting in line. If you can’t pick up in advance or you are registering the day of the event, please arrive at the registration tent no later than 8:30 am.

Monday, May 9
Oregon Humane Society
1067 NE Columbia Boulevard
Portland, OR 97211
11 am–7 pm

Tuesday, May 10
Old Spaghetti Factory
715 SW Bancroft Street
Portland, OR 97239
11 am–7 pm

Thursday, May 12 *meet OHS dogs for adoption!*
iHeart Radio – Fourth Floor, T-Mobile Lounge
13333 SW 68th Parkway
Tigard, OR 97223
4–7 pm

Starting Times & Routes

Run/walk “waves” begin departure at 9 am, and the pet festival events run from 7:30 am-1 pm. Vendor booths and demonstration areas will stretch along the park from Pine St. to the Morrison Bridge. Participants who have raised funds can pick up their thank-your prizes from 10 am-noon at the Prize/Registration Tent.

Run/Walk Start Times

The first wave of runners and walkers leave at 9 am. Several “waves” of walkers follow the initial wave, until the final wave leaves at 9:45 am. If you are running, you need to be in the first wave at 9 am. This is a fun run and is not timed; nor are there any official prizes for the top finishers. It’s all about enjoying the day and helping pets!

Doggie Dash Course Map
The 1.5 mile route is shown in red. The yellow route is 2.5 miles. Both routes start and end at the same spot.

There are two courses to choose from:

Doggie Dash Classic – 1.5 miles

The 1.5 mile “Doggie Dash Classic” route begins on SW Naito Parkway near Stark St. You’ll proceed down a car-free Naito Parkway to the Salmon St. fountains, then turn north along the park’s seawall, and return south on Naito Parkway. This route is for walkers only.

Bridge to Bridge – 2.5 miles

The 2.5 mile “Bridge to Bridge” route is open to both walkers and runners (please note, this is a “fun run” and is not timed). The route uses the same starting and ending points as the 1.5 mile route, but takes Dashers over the Hawthorne Bridge, along the Eastbank Esplanade, over the Steel Bridge, and back to Waterfront Park. It’s dog-friendly and features great views of the city.


Several SmartPark garages serve this area, and street parking is often available. View a map and info about SmartPark garages here. The garage nearest the Doggie Dash at Waterfront Park is on SE 3rd and Alder – 620 SW 3rd Ave.

TriMet Transit

Please note: TriMet will be performing maintenance on downtown MAX train lines in May, and this will affect travel times to/from the area during Doggie Dash. Please plan an extra 30 minutes for your trip and check the information from TriMet here »

TriMet will allow dogs to ride MAX trains with their people to/from Doggie Dash. However, due to the construction project, Blue and Red lines will be closed down First Ave. Trains will be running at a reduced frequency, every 20 minutes instead of every 15 minutes, so trains may be more crowded.

Riding guidelines from TriMet:

  • Dogs allowed until 2 pm
  • Dogs allowed on Trimet trains only (MAX) – no dogs on shuttle buses
  • Dogs must be under the owner’s control (leash or crate) at all times
  • Dogs must wear a head collar for safety (example: Gentle Leader), as well as current ID tags
  • Dogs must use the rear car of a 2-car train only
  • Fares required for all human companions age seven and older

TriMet’s ticketing app lets you purchase and use tickets and passes instantly on your phone—anywhere, anytime. Download the free app, register your debit/credit card in their secure system, and you’re ready to go.

Remember to check the travel information on the TriMet website for updates on the First Avenue project »


In addition to the walk/run, all registered Dashers can take advantage of many free activities. These include a complimentary pancake breakfast and complimentary beverage tastings for registered Dashers. Have your race bib with you to show you’re registered.

Doggie Dash Contests

Open to all Registered Dashers

  • 10:15 am Last Beggar Sitting (“Oldies” North Stage)
  • 10:15 am Frisbee Clinic & Contest (Center Performance Arena)
  • 10:30 am Best Singing Duo (“Oldies” North Stage)
  • 10:45 am Best Doggie Kiss Contest (“Oldies” North Stage)
  • 11 am LexiDog Fashion Show & Best Costume Contest (“Oldies” North Stage)
  • 11:30 am Doggie Musical Sit Contest (“Oldies” North Stage)
  • 12:15 pm Silly Pet Trick Contest (“Oldies” North Stage)
  • 12:30 pm Peanut Butter Challenge (“Oldies” North Stage)

Doggie Dash Run/Walk

Runners start at 9 am
Walkers start at 9 am, 9:15 am, 9:30 am, 9:45 am (details above)

Doggie Dash Music & ActivitiesRedwood Son

  • Raffle to Benefit the Animals
  • Kitty Confessional (Temptations Cat Pavilion)
  • Face Painting & Children’s Activities (OHS Kids Corner)
  • Doggie Dash Photo Booth (PEMCO Photo Booth)
  • Animal Massage (Heal NW Animal Massage)
  • 8 am – BCI Frisbee Demo & Clinic (Center Performance Arena)
  • 10 am–12 pm – Live music by Redwood Son (South Music Stage)
  • 10 am–12:30 pm – Pick up fundraising gifts (North Prize Pavilion)
  • 11 am – LexiDog Fashion Show featuring OHS Dogs (“Oldies” North Stage)
  • 12 pm – Frisbee Show (Center Performance Arena)

Doggie Dash Food & Beverages

  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Dutch Bros.
  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza
  • Portland Crab Cakes
  • Taco Time

8 am-12 pm – Tasting Garden (21+), featuring Barefoot Mimosas, Miller Coors Beer/Cider & Tito’s Moscow Mules


Doggie Dash Presenting Sponsors

Subaru USA Wentworth Subaru City