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Dawg Dash celebrates 25th anniversary

Dawg Dash, the popular 10K run and 5K walk/run hosted by the UW Alumni Association, is off the charts for two notable reasons. First, its race course weaves its way through the beautiful UW campus. Second, you can run it with your dogs. Big, small, it doesn’t matter. This event is for the entire family.

On Sunday, Oct. 24, Dawg Dash threw its 25th birthday party in the middle of a rainstorm. It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to, right? But even the weather didn’t stop the largest crowd in the event’s 25-year history from ascending on Husky Stadium for another great day.

This was so Seattle—Huskies running around in the rain.

Keep reading for the entire photo gallery.

Two years ago, I ran the Dawg Dash in record time. To be fair, it was the first race I had ever run. But it was sweet, and I was proud of myself. This year’s event was equally grand—so many alumni, so many dogs, so many Seattleites.

UW Professor and meteorologist Cliff Mass served as the official starter, and he clearly appeased the weather gods because just before it all began the skies cleared and Dawg Dashers were treated to a nice (if wet) run through the UW campus. The race started and finished in Husky Stadium and passed through the Quad, around Drumheller Fountain and touched many other campus landmarks along the way.

Each year, Dawg Dash raises money for student scholarships and we are thrilled to host such a fun event. With all those pups out there, it’s kind of a One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish kind of thing. But that’s what makes Dawg Dash such a unique experience.

I hope you enjoy our photos, courtesy of Erin Lodi Photography.

See you again next year!


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