DATE:  Sunday July 21, 2019

DIRECTIONS: 5551 Giant Hwy, Richmond, CA 94806

START TIMES:

7:00 Bib Pickup

7:50 Welcome & Introductions

8:00  1/2 marathon canicross start

8:05  1/2 marathon start

8:10  5k & 10k canicross start

8:15  5k & 10k start

All races start and finish in the Giant Cluster picnic area which is a short walk from the Giant Highway Staging Area parking lot.  All courses are mainly flat but has enjoyable rolling dirt and gravel trails. You will love running this scenic course! Trail strollers are welcome but baby will have a bumpy ride.  Dog parents, please use  your judgement if your doggie needs shoes to prevent sore paws from the gravel.

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Course Map
  • 5k course goes counter-clockwise once
  • 10k course is the 5k course but then reverses direction (washing machine style)
  • 1/2 Marathon course is two loops going the same direction

Early Bird Pricing through May 31st

  • 5k is $40
  • 10k is $50
  • ½ Marathon is $60
  • Dogs run free

Kids 12 and under

  • All distances is $15

Regular Prices starting June 1st

  • 5k is $45
  • 10k is $55
  • ½ Marathon is $65
  • Dogs run free

Kids 12 and under

  • All distances is $20

Last Minute Prices starting July 7th

  • 5k is $50
  • 10k is $60
  • ½ Marathon is $70
  • Dogs run free

Kids 12 and under

  • All distances is $25

Race Day add $5 for all distances

IMPORTANT: As Animal Run is a non-profit fundraiser, kindly note that there are no refunds as your registration fee is the lifeblood for this race.

For all distances

  • 1st place M & F winners will receive a $25 gift certificate from A Runner’s Mind
  • 2nd place M & F winners will receive a $15 gift certificate from A Runner’s Mind
  • 3rd place M & F winners will receive a $10 gift certificate from A Runner’s Mind

For canicross

  • 5k – 1st place Small, Medium and Large dog winners will receive a prize
  • 5k – 2nd place Small, Medium and Large dog winners will receive a prize
  • 5k – 3rd place Small, Medium and Large dog winners will receive a prize
  • 10k – Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a prize
  • 1/2 marathon – Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a prize

Note: There is currently no kids competition. If enough kids register for all distances, a kids competition will be added and podium kids will receive their awards.

  • Please bring your own water bottle or hydration system on race day to minimize single use of paper cups
  • Water will be provided for humans and dogs
  • Vegan aid will be PB&J squares, salted pretzels, potato chips, fruit
  • 7-7:45 – Runners/walkers/dogs arrive to pick up their bibs/pre-purchased shirts and pre-purchased wooden medals
  • 7:45 – Welcome & Introductions
  • 8:00 – 1/2 marathoners canicrossers start
  • 8:05 – 1/2 marathoners humans start
  • 8:10 – 5k small dog, medium dog, large dog & 10k canicrossers start
  • 8:15 – 5k & 10k human runners start
  • 9:00 – Food service begins
  • 9:15 – Raffle begins for 5k, winners must be present
  • 10:15 – Raffle begins for 10k & 1/2 marathoners, winners must be present
  • 12pm – Breakdown begins, runners still on the course will have their finish time manually recorded
  • Final finishing times will be available race evening at Synergy Race Timing
  • Links to race results and your free race photos will be sent in a final re-cap email
  • Kindly fill out the post-event survey to help improve Animal Run

The name Canicross is a mix of Canine & Cross Country.  Canicross is a growing international sport where human and dog run harnessed together as a team.

Dogs must wear a suitable harness and be attached to their handler by a line containing some bungee to act as a shock absorber. Lines must not be longer than 6 feet  when fully extended.

A waist belt is strongly recommended for handlers.

No neck collars, choke chains or retractable leads are permitted. Muzzles may be used but they must be the open, basket type through which dogs can drink and take treats.

While race organizers will make every effort to provide water on site, canicrossers are ultimately responsible for providing water for their dogs at all times.

Exceptions may be granted in regard to the above equipment requirements if a competitor is learning how to canicross (debut), then a hand-held leash and flat (classic) collar will be accepted. The competitor must make this known at registration; exceptions are at the discretion of the race director.

RACING:

Canicrossers must do their utmost to ensure that their dogs do not interfere with other runners or dogs.

If a Race Marshal determines that a handler’s conduct at any time in the race area or on the trail is detrimental to the sport/race, that runner shall be disqualified. This includes prior to, during, and after the event.

Abuse of dogs, both physical and verbal is strictly prohibited. If a handler, in the opinion of the Race Marshal abuses a dog, that runner will be disqualified.

If a dog becomes unfit or refuses to advance for any reason, the competitor is not permitted to finish the race. They must remain where they are and wait to be picked up by the event sweeper and advise a marshal as soon as possible if the dog is need of urgent attention.

When overtaking, the advancing canicrosser must shout ‘Trail’ or ‘Runner behind’ to warn the runner in front of their intentions.

The canicrosser who is being overtaken must assume responsibility to ensure that their dogs are to one side of the track and do not interfere with the runner going past.

It is recommended that canicrossers who have dogs who are worried by other canines should allow plenty of space for their dogs, especially at the start of the race, to alleviate any undue stress.

All canicrossers should show their fellow competitors and their dogs respect at all times and should not use the misfortune of another to unfairly gain an advantage. Additionally, if a runner or a dog is in distress, ALL competitors have a duty to assist if reasonably and safely able to do so.

Point Pinole Giants parking lot charges a $2 Dog Fee as well as a $3 Parking Fee.

2019 – TBD Impact Report

2018 – Watch the impact you made on 170 innocent lives.

We’ll be changing the design for 2019, but here’s feedback below from one of our runners.

couchpotatochamps

These are awesome ribbons. The best event medals I have received. Great colors and design! Thanks for the effort!

For runners who would prefer a multi-purpose finisher’s award, a wooden coaster will be available for purchase during online registration.

An Enormous Amount of Gratitude to our Sponsors, Partners and Raffle Donors!

A Runner's Mind
Victory Sportdesign
Pacific Coast Trail Runs
V-Dog
Mylk Guys Market
Peets Coffee & Tea
Miyoko's Creamery
Barry's Bootcamp
Bungalow Munch Granola
Sports Basement
Starbucks
Hoka One One