If you are looking for a GLOWING good time with your favorite K9, NOVADog has the event for you! Dog owners love to get out with their dogs and socialize. From doggy happy hours to pet friendly restaurants to a million dollar dog park in Clarendon, active pet owners seem to go everywhere with their dogs. These owners even prefer to exercise with their dogs. Check out any of the paths and trails around NOVA and you will find many people with their dog at their side. It seems our love of dog and love of fitness are finding themselves together more and more.

Photos By: Phil Roeder, Jim Wall, and Phill Roeder

Photos By: Phil Roeder, Jim Wall, and Phill Roeder

With our active lifestyles, 5K runs and walks are happening nearly every weekend in NOVA. You also probably have a friend or colleague that has asked you to participate in something like a mud, color or glow run. The popularity of these fun events has exploded over the past few years. NOVADog loves to be an active member of the community; we have organized group hikes, events and online blog-a-thons. Now, we are offering something for you and your dog to Light. It. Up!

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More Fun Than You Can Handle. So, if a glow run is fun and a charity dog walk supports a great cause – what do you get when you combine them?  A One-of-a-K9 event that is the first ever GlowDogGlow 5K.  This is an awesome nighttime Glow 5K that you can participate in with your dog!  It’s Fun, It’s Furry and it is the most Fabulous 5K you can imagine!

GlowDogGlow 5K:  This furry 5K will be held on May 23 at the Prince William County Fairgrounds in Manassas, VA.  Check-In starts at 6:45PM where you will receive your glow swag bag.  The DJ will already be in full swing to get you pumped up for the race.  The race begins at 8:15PM as the sun disappears and the glow lights the night.  This race course traverses the entire Fairgrounds, providing fun surprises and great scenery along the path to runners and walkers alike.  Participants of all levels will kick off the race in heat waves which provide plenty of elbow and paw room along the entire course.  A 3K option is available for those who want to enjoy a shorter route.  As the runners and walkers wind their way to the end they will hear the sounds of the after party jams welcoming them to the finish line and their well-deserved refreshments. The after party continues until 11PM where participants can enjoy adult and non-alcoholic beverages, light fare, music, dancing and socializing after the race.

Award-Winning: To brighten up the competition, participants are encouraged to try to outshine the race course – decking out in twinkles, luminescence, sparkles, polish and shine is highly encouraged and will be rewarded.  Recruit a glow team, twin with your dog, be creative and try to out glow the rest.

No Dog? No Problem.  Of course no charity race is complete without the giving back part.  So NOVADog has teamed up with FOHA who will receive proceeds from the race.  And another cool factor will be that they will be bringing along adoptable dogs that make great running companions.  These dogs are eager and excited to join you for the race – and who knows, after a bonding session like this one, you may just find yourself a new best friend for the next race too!  SO bring your dog or borrow a dog looking for love.  Either way you’ll enjoy an unforgettable night and help out a great cause.  All participants are encouraged to bring a donation item as well.  Items in need include food, bedding, leashes, collars, toys and cash.

What Are You Waiting For?  Register now!  Each Registration includes 1 Human and 1 Dog. Your registration includes admission to the race and after party, a swag bag, parking, 2 drink tickets, light human refreshments and a bark bar for the pups. There is also a family registration option.  Register with a team to AMP up the fun.  If you have questions about the race contact Melody Williams at melodyjagerter@gmail.com.

Now – Glow Register!  www.NOVADogMagazine.com/SeeSpotRace