Dog Jog & Fido Fest

Dog Jog & Fido Fest

Location: Downtown Des Moines(Map)

Contact: Jessi Decker (


Join us for the Dog Jog & Fido Fest – A 5k Fun Run and Dog Walk presented by Anderson Animal Hospital – Saturday, May 14! This isn't your everyday 5k fun run/walk...whether you have a dog or not you can participate to support the animals at the ARL! Participants will end the race at The Copper Cup’s post-race street party downtown, so bring your friends to cheer you on as you finish and party the night away!

Participants at all levels will receive a goody bag (register early to guarantee your shirt size!) and enjoy a day of fun in support of the animals at the ARL.

At 6:00 p.m. the street party will end but the after party will start at The Copper Cup! So take your dogs home, get your party pants on, and join us for a great night supporting a great cause!


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Race Day Details

Packet Pick-Up*
Friday, May 13

11 a.m.-7 p.m
ARL Main, Lobby
5452 NE 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50313

*If you aren't picking up your teammates' packets, be sure to let them know about Packet Pick-Up on Friday!

Saturday, May 14
3:30 p.m. - The race will begin for runners without a dog in the front and runners with dogs at the back.
3:35 p.m. - Walkers will begin (with or without dogs)
4:30-6:00 p.m. - After party! At The Copper Cup and 4th Street downtown

See the race route, race day details, and more in the 2016 Participant Guide!


Registration Fees

The sooner you register, the lower the fee so make sure to sign up early to get this great deal!

Registration includes:

  • Race t-shirt
  • The Copper Cup Street Party (4th & Court)

(The link will be inactive when the number of participants or a certain date is reached at each level. If the link you select is inactive, please try the next):

  • First 10 Registrations - $1: SOLD OUT
  • Next 10 - $5: SOLD OUT
  • Next 10 - $10: SOLD OUT
  • Next 10 - $15: SOLD OUT
  • After 40 registrations - $20 through December 31, 2015: SOLD OUT
  • After December 31 - $25 through March 31, 2016: CLOSED
  • After March 31 - $30 through May 9, 2016: CLOSED
  • Week of Registration - $40: Click here to Register

Costumes are encouraged - we want to see your best dog costume! Click here to view photos of the 2015 event!

Please Note: Dogs must be 6 months or older and on a leash at all times (No Flexi-Leashes). Female dogs must not be in heat and dogs must be current on vaccinations, including rabies. The ARL reserves the right to dismiss any dog.


Are you a pet-friendly company interested in getting your products in front of a pet-friendly audience? Register as a vendor for Dog Jog & Fido Fest! Registration is $100 and vendors must supply their own table. Register here!

2016 Vendor List

  • Anderson Animal Hospital
  • Animal Rescue League of Iowa
  • Animal Rescue League of Iowa Animal House Store
  • Animal Human Connection Coach
  • Canine Craze Performance Center
  • Collars of Character
  • The Dog Walk Assistant
  • Wooly’s


Raise Money for Homeless Pets the ARL!

Help change lives of the homeless pets at the ARL with your own fundraising page! It's easy to set up, and it's fun to challenge your friends and family to see who can raise the most money individually or as a team! Once your page is set up you can share it on social media to spread the word and start collecting donations. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers! Click here then click on the green "Fundraise" button to set up an account for your own ARL fundraising page.


2016 Dog Jog & Fido Fest Grand Marshal Named!

Congratulations to Ace, our 2016 Dog Jog & Fido Fest Grand Marshal! It was a tough competition but Ace was at the top of the votes to lead the 2016 event.

Here's the story that Ace's family shared with us: Ace was adopted from the ARL in June 2015. It was a rainy morning, and I decided to take my nephew to visit the animals. I had absolutely NO intentions of bringing home a dog. Let’s just say, I now believe in love at first sight. The minute we saw Ace, my heart knew I was bringing him home to be a part of my family FOREVER. Ace was a stray that was brought into the ARL. His hygiene was neglected, malnourished, had kennel cough, and was later diagnosed with a permanent ruptured ear drum. You would never know the struggles of his past. Since day one of adopting him, he has had a smile on his face and prance in his step!

Ace loves to take walks, ride in cars and cuddle with his mommy (me) and daddy (Nick). Ace is not too fond of squeaky toys, sharing the king size bed or being told no! Ace is special for so many reasons. I am a mental health therapist in the Des Moines area. Pictures and stories of Ace have brought joy, excitement and distraction from negative feelings to several adolescent clients. Ace is quite resilient and has reminded us to smile more than frown and love more than hate.

Several people have made the comment, “Ace is so lucky to have found a loving home.” The truth is, we are the lucky ones. We have been blessed with the most loving, precious and ADORABLE dog to show such unconditional love. Our lives are forever changed and Ace will always be “our first baby.”




Thank you to our 2016 Dog Jog & Fido Fest Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Contributing Sponsor

Good Dog Sponsors
Image Solutions
Iowa Beverage Systems

Water Stop Sponsor
Downtown Doggy Daycare





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