1.5m Trail Walk & 5k Course

1.5 mile trail walk/run
You will start on a flat gravel road next to the athletic fields. At the green building you will turn left and run across a flat grass athletic field and head toward the fields behind the backstop of the baseball field. You will turn left and run up through the field towards the wooded area. This grassy/field section is clumpy. It's where the tractors drive. The next section changes to a gravel/dirt road that follows the wooded tree line up to the wooded trail opening. The wooded trail is uphill, be careful with your footing, there are roots and rocks. At the top of the loop you will return to a gravel road before heading back down along a fenced pasture. This is also a clumpy grass section. Be careful with your footing in this section as well. You will follow the fence all the away back to the backstop area. A dash across the athletic field and back to the starting area will put you at the 1.5 mile mark. The 1.5 mile loop is not timed. But if at this point you feel you want to continue, that would be fine.

The full 5k
After covering the first 1.5 mile loop you will head out on the macadam road. You will take a right at the bee hives and enter onto a gravel path that will turn to full grass and follow along a corn field. As you enter the equestrian center the surface will change back to road as you head up hill towards the second wooded loop. The trail looping through the wooded area is soft and rolls up and down. It has many roots and rock, please watch your footing. Note: the toughest part of the course is at about the 2.5 mile area when you take a hard uphill turn that climbs towards the 202 parkway. As you exit the wooded area the path will change to another gravel tractor path that will lead you back to the equestrian centers road. Finally you will follow the road back to the athletic field area. Save a little bit of energy for a little uphill climb as you pass the bee hives again. There is a grass edge that your dog can use during most of this last stretch. view larger map

This Event Benefits Animal Lifeline
The HBO documentary One Nation Under Dog (film trailer below) aired on June 18, 2012. It exposed our Nations dirty little secret about putting down millions of dogs per year. Heartbreaking but true.
If you would like to help at a local level, please make a donation to Animal Lifeline through the button below, or by participating in the Dog Day 5k.

Proceeds from this race will benefit Animal LifeLine which provides support for rescues, shelters, and municipal groups who advocate for homeless animals everyday. www.animallifelinepa.org

The Delaware Valley College Turkey Trot 5K dates back to the fall of 1974. Hosted by the DVC cross country team, the event has established a community spirit in Bucks County. Unlike many 'road' races, this event takes place on the grounds of the college and highlights the wooded areas and surrounding farm lands. The race has welcomed many in the area to discover the hidden treasure that is Delaware Valley College. This year the DVC cross country team will once again host the Animal Lifeline Organization to further support the community atmosphere.
About Our Race Director
Susan w/Bill Rodgers in 2011
Having spent years in the running community and a lifetime of welcoming dogs in my family, I couldn't imagine a greater collaboration to promote healthy activities and animal advocacy. I was inspired to launch the Dog Day 5k.

Training with Your Dog

How to turn your pooch into an endurance animal
By Christie Aschwanden
Image by Glenn Oakley
From the September 2010 issue of Runner's World

STEP 1: Get Fido Fit You wouldn't drag an untrained spouse out for a five-mile run right off the couch—right? And you shouldn't throw your beloved golden doodle into the fire, either. Though your dog was probably born to run fast, you need to start slow. Here's how to get rolling...

Lawn Signs

Keep a look out!!! And pass the word about the DD5k

2014 Results, Pictures & more

2014 Dog Day 5k Timed Results

NOTE: all awards will be mailed in approximately 2 weeks.

Jeff Reeder Photography

Winning Teams
1. Newtown Vet
2. Skippack Animal Hospital
3. Doylestown Animal Medical Clinic

Health Update


Just wanted to say what a wonderful event the Dog Day 5K was. Here is a pic of me and my 3 old boys who ran today. What started as such a happy day, I actually cried tears of joy crossing the first half mark, turned to a nearly sad day. My dog Bolivar, started wheezing and gasping for air more than 3/4 of the way through. This isn't their first run, we run/walk 3-4 times a week, but they are all seniors. As it turns out he needed oxygen due to laryngeal paralysis. So I don't know what I would have done if Dr. Detweiler and Mobi Vet weren't on site. Just wanted to thank you for providing an on site vet to help us.

Thanks again,
Linda Karp
Bolivar, Cholo and Dinky too

also kudos for the mystery vet who carried Bolivar.

2014 Commemorative Hoodies

If you missed the 2014 Commemorative Dog Day 5k Hoodie order deadline - There's good news
A limited supply will be available for purchase at the race registration table on Sunday Nov 2nd.
All proceeds from your hoodie will benefit Animal LifeLine.

2014 Event Info

A one-of-a-kind run through the beautiful Del-Val college campus. This is your Dogs Day. A day to run or walk with your dog and enjoy the many festivities planned.

  • Sunday, November 2, 2014
  • Times: 8:00am Registration | 10:00am 5k Start Time
  • Location: Start/Finish at Delaware Valley College located at 700 East Butler Ave., Doylestown, PA 18901
  • 1.5 miles Trail Walk (kids under 12 walk Free w/parent), this option is not timed
  • 5k (3.1 miles) Trail Run this option is timed
  • Course: Cross Country Course on Del-Val campus (Soft surface over fields and through woods)
    1st, 2nd, 3rd Overall Male/Female
    1st, 2nd, 3rd Male/Female by Age Group

    Team Division (4 runners minimum, w/ at least 1 dog)

    And Dog Prizes, too!
  • 5 year Age Groups Under 12, 12-14, 15-19, 20-24, ... 65-69, 70+
  • Team Division (4 runners minimum, w/dog)
  • Run with or without your dog
  • Veterinary Care Will Be Provided
    On The Race Course, If Necessary
  • Print a 2014 Application here
  • Print a Sponsor form here
  • Sign up on-line now here
Long Sleeve Race T Shirt

Eco friendly long sleeve T shirts provided to all pre-registered participants.

Mission Statement
  • Celebrate and promote healthy activity
  • Unite us within a greater activity
  • Raise awareness for animal advocacy and generate funds
Sponsorship Opportunities

Many sponsor opportunities exist
Whether you are a business looking for a high quality vehicle to drive your message, or someone with a passion for helping animals, we can help each other. Print sponsor form

For more information or any questions please contact Susan Pajer at susan.pajer@dogday5k.org

Volunteer Opportunities

It takes a team to put on a great event
We are in need of enthusiastic people to help with registration, water stops, course details, etc. If you would like to provide a helping hand
please contact Susan Pajer at susan.pajer@dogday5k.org

Team Challenge

Any group of 4 or more registered runners, with at least one dog, can enter the team challenge (no extra fee involved). What a great way to have your business or organization working together, building teamwork and developing friendships.

PLUS for teams of 12 or more, we'll put your team name on the back of your Long Sleeve T-Shirt!!!

Deadline for team name on your long sleeve shirts has been extended to Wednesday October 22nd.

Baby Joggers

Yes you can use a baby jogger on this trail course
But! due to the all terrain conditions at our event, we encourage you to use a stroller/Baby jogger that can handle the multiple surfaces and elevation changes. Here are two examples.


The lager air filled tires move over the terrain much easier than smaller harder wheels


Not Recommended

Though very useful on hard surfaces, the smaller/harder tires will make this type of stroller much harder to push over our course.

Strategic Partner

Please welcome the German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue (GSP Rescue) to our DogDay5k strategic partnership. Through our race, members and affiliates of the GSP can help raise funds to advance their mission.
Mission: "Many dogs end up in shelters or rescue programs like ours for a variety of reasons. The German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue PA, Inc. is a non-profit, IRS-recognized program which responsibly nurtures and finds homes for these K-9 orphans.
We are a network of volunteers that shelter German Shorthaired Pointer dogs in our own homes. We evaluate them, get them necessary veterinary care, and provide a warm and loving home as they await their new family. Please help us by adopting a dog, becoming a volunteer, or supporting the rescue program by donating to this worthy cause."

Dog Etiquette
Here are a few guidelines to help the day go smooth
  • Competitive runners will line up in the front and will take off very fast. If you are new to this type of event please line up back in the middle to back of the pack.
  • If your dog is new to this type of event please give them plenty of room (near the back or to the sides of the pack) to ease into the race start.
  • All dogs registered for the event will receive a "poop bag". Please carry it with you during the event. If or when your dogs needs a nature break, please pull off to the side, as to not obstruct the race course, and use your bag. You can leave the "used" bag off to the side, our course volunteers will pick them up after the event.
  • Please use a standard 4 foot leash. If you only have a retractable leash, please keep it at 4 feet.
Dogs Can Help Your Health

Dogs and Cardiovascular Health
Could owning a dog keep your heart healthy? Research has supported a connection between owning a dog and reduced risk of cardiovascular problems, including high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels. In addition, a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology found that male dog owners were less likely to die within one year after a heart attack than those who did not own a dog.

Dogs and Anxiety
For people with all forms of anxiety, having a dog may be an important coping mechanism. This is especially true in times of crisis. A study out of the Medical College of Virginia found that for hospitalized patients with mental health issues, therapy with animals significantly reduced anxiety levels more than conventional recreational therapy sessions.

Dogs and Loneliness
Dogs function as important companions and family members, but certain groups may benefit more than others. The elderly, particularly those in residential care facilities, often become socially isolated once separated from immediate family. Researchers in Australia have found that dogs improved the well-being of residents by promoting their capacity to build relationships.

Dogs and Rehabilitation
In the setting of a severe illness or prolonged hospitalization, therapy dogs can be integral in the process of rehabilitation. A review of the literature looking at the function of service dogs proved that dogs can assist people with various disabilities in performing everyday activities, thereby significantly reducing their dependence on others.

Dogs and Activity
Before a dog is introduced into the home, the most commonly asked question is, "Who is going to walk the dog?" Turns out this responsibility may be important for the health of the family as well as the dog. Studies from the American Journal of Public Health and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine have shown that children with dogs spend more time doing moderate to vigorous activity than those without dogs, and adults with dogs walk on average almost twice as much as adults without dogs.

Dogs and Doctors
With all of these specific health benefits, could dogs keep you away from the doctor altogether? A national survey out of Australia found that dog and cat owners made fewer annual doctor visits and generally had significantly lower use of general practitioner services.
By STEPHANIE ALBIN, M.D., ABC News Medical Unit
June 19, 2012

Seven Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog

According to most veterinarians, a dog falls into the “senior” category around age seven. The size of a dog, however, affects this categorization. Smaller dogs mature slower and become seniors later in life than larger dogs. Animal shelters are filled with healthy and active senior dogs that are in need of a home.
When you’re thinking about picking up a dog from your local shelter, don’t look past the older dogs. They make great pets for a number of reasons.
1. Senior dogs at shelters need homes just as badly as younger dogs. Many older dogs were once owned and loved by someone. For whatever reason, they were given up and abandoned in a shelter and are in need of a home. Just like puppies and younger adoptable dogs, they make loyal and loving companions.
2. Adopting an older dog may save its life. Many people are quick to adopt puppies and younger dogs, often overlooking dogs over the age of five. Shelters are overcrowded and unfortunately, older dogs are among the first to be euthanized if they aren’t adopted in a timely manner. By adopting a senior dog, you are not only providing it with a better life but are also saving it from being put down.
3. Older dogs are not necessarily “problem dogs” as many tend to think. Senior dogs lose their homes for a variety of reasons, usually having nothing to do with their behavior or temperament, but more due to the fact that their owners are unable to keep them for reasons including: the novelty of owning a dog wearing off, allergies, death of a guardian, a new baby, loss of a job, a move, change in work schedule, and various other lifestyle changes. These dogs need homes just as badly as young adoptees do, and make wonderful household pets.
4. Older dogs usually come trained and understand at least basic commands. Most older dogs are potty-trained and have mastered the basic commands such as “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “down.” Adopting an already-trained dog will save you a lot of time and energy that you’d normally have to dedicate towards training a young dog.
5. You can teach an old dog new tricks. Dogs can be trained at any age and older dogs are just as smart as younger ones. Older dogs have a greater attention span than a puppy, which make them easier to train.
6. Older dogs are calmer and less energetic than younger dogs. An adult dog has graduated from the puppy stage and has an established demeanor and temperament, which will give you an instant idea of how it will fit into your household. Older dogs have all their adult teeth and are out of the energetic puppy phase, which will result in less destruction to your home. Many of them do well with young children as they have a lower energy level and have possibly lived with them in their past homes.
7. Older dogs make instant companions. Unlike a puppy, which requires leash training, etc. an older dog is ready to accompany you on a long walk and already knows how to play fetch. An adult dog will make a great workout partner, a loyal companion, and a late night snuggle buddy.
By Nicole Pajer

2014 Dog Day 5k