COVID UPDATE: The ARL is committed to following all health and government guidelines to ensure the safety of our Iowa Dog Jog participants, vendors, and volunteers.  In the event the coronavirus pandemic forces this event to move virtually in 2020, the ARL commits to do everything in our power to create a memorable experience, including delivering swag and fundraising prizes on or prior to the event day.  In these unprecedented times, your support is needed now, more than ever.


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The Iowa Dog Jog is an annual 5k /2k and fundraising event to celebrate all things Dog - followed by the BIGGEST dog party of the year! It will be held Sunday, September 20th from 8am – 1pm at Terra Park in Johnston, IA. Event will feature

•       5k + 2k Routes for you & your dog
•       Live Music
•       Dog-friendly activities
•       Vendor Booths
•       Pop up dog park 
•       Costume contest 
•       And so much more!
Raising funds helps provide daily care for homeless pets until they find their forever home and we need your help. In 2019, we raised over $30,000 and we hope to raise even more this year!  Will you join us?
Pack Leader
NEW THIS YEAR! Your dog can win the honorable spot of Pack Leader at the 2020 Iowa Dog Jog!

What is the Pack Leader? The Pack Leader will be the grand marshal of the race and will also win exciting prizes such as $20 in Dog Bucks, a free registration for 2021 and more!

How can my dog become the Pack Leader? - First, register for the Iowa Dog Jog (both owner and dog must be registered).

The pup with the most votes as of 11:59 on September 1st wins! View a full list, current standings and how to vote by clicking here

Register for the 5k on your own, with your dog, be part of a team, represent a business—or simply raise funds for homeless pets! 
1)     First step to fun - sign up! — Click “Register as an Individual”
You now have the option to participate virtually if you prefer to sleep in on race day! Select "Jogger Registration" to particpate in-person or "Catnapper" to participate virtually. 
2) Set up your participant center and share your story of why this cause means so much to you.  Maybe you've rescued a pet? Or maybe they rescued you?  
3)     Form a team with friends, family, or colleagues to help raise funds as a group. Your progress is visible on your own customizable page and so it's easy to see how close you are to  unlocking prizes at various levels!

NEW THIS YEAR: Form a team of 4 or more - recieve a FREE BREAKFAST PIZZA the morning of the race. 


The ARL is working hard every day to continue our mission while providing a safe environment for staff, volunteers, and attendees. Here is how we are keeping you safe at the Iowa Dog Jog. 
Open Start Time
To help provide 6 ft of distance (or a dog's leash away) from other particpants we are allowing athletes to start their runs/walks anytime between 8:00 am and 10:30 am on race morning. Pick when you arrive, when you start your run, when you visit vendor village and enjoy the natural beauty of Terra Lake Park! 
Extra Hand Washing + Sanitizing Stations
Hand washing and hand sanitizing stations will be set up throughout the park for partiicpant use. 
Face Mask Required Areas 
Face mask will be required on the great lawn which includes packet pick-up, vendor village, and the pop-up dog park. Extra disposable masks will be available for those that forget theirs! Mask will not be required on the running course or in adjacent areas. 
Participate Virtually 
If you prefer to sleep in on race day and particiapte from home, we have the purr-fect option for you. The Catnapper registration allows you to collect your swag items, participate in fundraising to unlock awesome prizes, and the best part - you don't even have to leave the couch! 
Virtual/Non-Attending Packet Pick-up
Register as a virtual participant and select your packet pick-up option. 
  • Option 1: In-person pick up at ARL Main (5452 NE 22nd St) on September 18/19 from 12 pm - 6 pm OR after the event from September 21 to October 2 (times TBD)
  • Option 2: Ship your packet for $10. We will mail your packet prior to race day, but cannot guarantee it will arrive prior to race day. This option is for VIRTUAL RUNNERS ONLY.
Attending Participant Packet Pick-up
This year's packet pick-up will look a little different. You will receive your human race bib and leash bib for any registered dogs upon packet pick-up. All t-shirts and swag items will be distributed throughout the vendor villdage area. Finisher medals for humans and dogs will be given out at the finsih line of the race. 
Packet pick-up is available during the following dates/times. 
  • Friday, September 18 at ARL Main (5452 NE 22nd St) from 12 pm - 6 pm
  • Saturday, September 19 at ARL Main (5452 NE 22nd St) from 12 pm - 6 pm
Transfer Your Registration Type
If you have already registered for the race, but would like to transfer your ticket to the virtual option - please email 
The more you raise for homeless pets, the bigger difference you make and the more prizes you unlock! Fundraising doesn't have to be boring - so we've given you 10 individual prize levels and 5 team prize levels filled with private parties, tickets to future ARL events and more! 
  • Raise just $45 and unlock a "Warning: Treats Inside" fanny pack and gourmet dog chew!
  • Raise just $125 and unlock VIP Access and a 6-week dog training class!
  • Raise just $250 and unlock a private pet photo shoot! 
 To view all fundraising prize levels for individuals and teams, please click here
Need help getting started in your participant center? Check out these helpful tools!
We had nearly 700 humans and 400 dogs participants in 2019, and expect for an even better turnout this year! If you’re interested in sponsorship opportunities or vendor booth packages, please contact  
Volunteering at events is another way to support homeless pets in need. To learn more about the volunteer opportuniteis at Iowa Dog Jog, please email

Presenting Sponsor:


Changing Lives Sponsors:

Iowa Home Consulting



Contributing Sponsors: 

State Farm - Reyna Immerfall


Best Friend Sponsor: 

Don and Margo Blumenthal  

Water Station Sponsor: 

Grinnell State Bank Sponsor