Heads & Tails 5K and Doggie Dash
2023 Heads & Tails 5K run/walk and Doggie Dash
SAVE THE DATE!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2023
5K Run/Walk 9:00 a.m.
Doggie Dash 9:30 a.m.
Garrison Forest School
300 Garrison Forest Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Welcome to the Heads & Tails Pikesville 5K Run/Walk and Doggie Dash!
You can register for the 5K and Doggie Dash by clicking the link above, which leads to our RunSignUp registration. (The information below is also on RunSignUp).
Sunday, october 29, 2023 at 9 a.m.
Hundreds of runners and volunteers take part in the Heads & Tails 5K Run/Walk & Doggie Dash. We are excited to present this fun 5K for a second year in a row! The morning’s events will feature a 5K Run/Walk (dogs can participate in this event), a Doggie Dash, a Vendor Village, and a Post-Race Celebration!
Charitable Giving: help us Raise Money for A COMMUNITY PROJECT!
In alignment with our mission to support the well-being of our community, the Greater Baltimore Chamber will donate a portion of our 5K proceeds to a community project, as well as give back to our first responders who aided in putting out the eight-alarm fire this past spring at Soldiers Delight.
Early Bird 5K Registration: $30 through June 30 (one runner; or, one runner plus one dog, optional). Limited spaces at this price.
Standard 5K Registration: $35 through September 30 (one runner; or, one runner plus one dog, optional). Limited spaces at this price.
October 5K Registration: $40 through October (one runner; or, one runner plus one dog, optional)
Race Day 5K Registration: $45 (one runner; or, one runner plus one dog, optional)
Kids 5K Registration: $25 – Ages 12 and under (includes a cotton t-shirt) – discount will be applied at check-out.
Doggie Dash Half Mile Registration: $25 through ; $35 after (one dasher; or, one dasher plus one dog)
Kids Doggie Dash Half Mile Registration: $15 — Ages 12 and under (does not include shirt. cotton t-shirt can be purchased during registration for $10)
No refunds or transfers: there are no refunds of entry given or transfers of entry permitted for this event.
Enjoy a rolling course on the tree-lined Garrison Forest School campus. Course details are the same as 2022; we will update the map shortly.
Additional Event Information
Packet Pick Up Schedule
Race Morning Bib Pick Up: Onsite from 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Pre-Race Warm Up with Garrison Forest School athletes. Commemorative t-shirt guaranteed for the first 300 runners/walkers and kids registered by August 18 (Note: Doggie Dash ages 12 and under does not include shirt. cotton t-shirt can be purchased during registration for $10); water stops; on-site first aid; on-site veterinarian. Post-race snacks and bottled water. Vendor Village and Kids Korner with family-friendly activities through 10:30 a.m. Our HOT BREAKFAST is back! Our legendary hot breakfast feature that took a break during the pandemic is BACK with caterers like The Classic Catering People participating!
Parking will be available in two locations across from Garrison Forest School Campus.
MD Furniture parking lot. 9800 Reisterstown Rd. This lot is reserved for participants with dogs participating in the Doggie Dash. Doggie Dash participants will receive a parking tag to display on their vehicle’s dashboard.
Overflow Parking (Home Depot, near course site). Reserved for 5K Run/Walk participants. Shuttle buses will be available for those who wish to be shuttled across Reisterstown Road to the course.
No participant parking at Garrison Forest School except for 5K Volunteers.
Check Out the Swag!
- Commemorative cotton race T-shirt (high-quality material).
- Dogs will receive a doggie-sized bandana.
Doggie Dash Details & Course
Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know for you and your pup to have the best possible experience at the First Annual Heads & Tails Doggie Dash. For help with your personal fundraising page, donations, and other technical questions, please contact our race manager.
Our First Annual Doggie Dash will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 29, 2023 on a separate ½ mile grassy course at Garrison Forest School.
Online registration is $25. This fee includes one handler, a commemorative t-shirt, and a pet bandana.
Meet our Mascot
Garrison Forest School faculty, staff, and students will participate in a Doggie Dash Mascot contest in late summer/early fall 2023.
Doggie Dash Course
Our Doggie Dash course is a ½ mile grassy course on the pet-friendly campus of Garrison Forest School. All dogs must be on a non-retractable leash. You can run, walk or jog at your own pace with your leashed dog. The Doggie Dash is strictly a “fun run” and is not a timed event. Most participants enjoy a leisurely stroll.
The Heads & Tails 5K
The 5K is separate from the Doggie Dash. The Doggie Dash is a separate event and takes place at 9:30 a.m., not far from the 5K course.
Doggie Dash Prizes
We will have fun pet prizes for the pups that come in first, second, and third place. The race is not timed and winners will be determined by our Doggie Dash Celebrity Judges—all in good fun and for a good cause!
Doggie Dash Race Bib
All registered Dashers and their dogs will receive a race bib. Avoid the line by getting your bib and commemorative t-shirt at one of our pre-race day Packet Pick Up locations.
Pet Festival/Vendor Village
In addition to the Heads & Tails 5K and Doggie Dash, all participants can take advantage of the many free activities at the pet festival! Be sure to have your race bib with you to show you’re registered!
Heads & Tails Fundraising
Fundraising can be fun and rewarding with a great cause! Participants can help raise money for Reed’s Rescue. Be sure to set up a fundraising page during the registration process.
Heads & Tails Fundraising and Top Prizes
How do I win prizes?
- By reaching fundraising milestones!
Earn prizes by reaching the five fundraising milestones: $65, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, and $2,500. The top three individual and team fundraisers will receive terrific prizes from our participating sponsors.
- By attending the event!
- By participating in our weekly fundraising challenges!
- Be sure you’ve opted in to receive emails so you don’t miss our weekly Mutt Mail e-newsletter. Every Monday, we’ll reveal a new fundraising challenge with the chance to win exclusive prizes.
The top three individual and team fundraisers will be announced at the Doggie Dash starting line on October 29, 2023. To be considered for a top fundraising category, all in-person cash/check donations must be received or hand-delivered to Greater Baltimore Chamber at least 48 hours prior to the event.
All online donations are credited to fundraisers automatically and will count toward prize milestones. Online donations must be made no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on October 28, 2023 to qualify for prizes.
Prizes for Fundraising Participants
Fundraising prizes will be available for pickup at a special event. Stay tuned for more details on exciting prizes for each fundraising milestone from our sponsors and local businesses! Prizes can also be mailed to you for the cost of pre-paid shipping/handling.
All taxes on prizes, including but not limited to federal, state and local income and sales taxes, are the responsibility of the winners. Please consult your tax adviser for more information. Each prize is guaranteed to be awarded except if forfeited by a prize winner or if the Greater Baltimore Chamber ceases operation or is unable to fulfill the prize after a diligent effort is made. In such circumstances GBCC assumes no responsibility (monetary or otherwise) to fulfil the prize. GBCC may, in its sole discretion, choose to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event the offered prize is unavailable. Prizes are not redeemable for cash, exchangeable or transferable.
Event Info for Sponsors
We are excited to present the second annual Heads & Tails 5K and Doggie Dash to our community! If you are a new or one of many returning sponsors to our largest community chamber fundraiser, we can’t wait to welcome you to this year’s event!
Call the Greater Baltimore Chamber of Commerce at (410) 484-2337 if interested in a sponsorship. Download the sponsorship packet above.
Interested in creating a team? Teams of 10 or more receive a $5 discount on standard registration prices. If you are interested in putting a team together contact Beth at 410-484-2337 or email@example.com. Grab your friends, co-workers, neighbors, and family members to walk or run!
1st place male and female overall
2nd place male and female overall
3rd place male and female overall
A commemorative award certificate will be mailed to the top three male and female finishers in the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and older
- Registrants must register online before the deadline in order to receive a shirt.
- Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
- Registrants must follow any COVID-19 restrictions in place a time of event.
- Racine Sports and GBCC are not responsible for any restrictions or laws violated by participants in this event.
- No returns or exchanges on shirts.
Registrants should be knowledgeable of all state restrictions and follow CDC Guidelines.
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