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 13, 2017.

OHS recommends you pre-register online so you can avoid lines at the event, plus you’ll have more time to raise funds to help the shelter pets! Online registration is $35 per participant. Dogs and children under 10 can participate for free. You can also register for free as a Virtual Dasher if you aren’t able to attend the event in person: you still get a personal Doggie Dash webpage to use for raising funds for the animals, and you’ll still be eligible for thank you gifts.

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 13.

You can register on-site at the Dash until 8:30 am on May 13. The registration tent is located in the park near the intersection of SW Naito Parkway and SW Pine St. (near the Battleship Oregon monument). Note: Registration increases to $40 the day of the event.

Advance Pick-up

We suggest you pick up your registration bib in advance at one of the 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. [2017 locations/dates to be announced]

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

Updates on 2017 TriMet information will be  posted here soon.


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

TBA for 2017

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 & Activities

TBA for 2017

Doggie Dash Presenting Sponsors


 Wentworth Subaru City Subaru USA