Dog Day Race No. 41 Will Be Here Soon, So Register Now

By David Biggy | Jul 10, 2019
File Photo by: Margot Miller

Harvey Cedars — In what seemed to be closer to 18-Mile Run weather than Dog Day Race weather, which typically is low- to mid-80s with high humidity, a familiar face captured the High Point Volunteer Fire Co.’s annual 5-mile race title last August.

A drizzly 70 degrees and 15 mph north wind greeted Harvey Cedars summer resident Jake Shoemaker at the start of the race, but it did little to slow him down. About 25 minutes later, as he turned the corner onto West 80th Street, he was all alone and ultimately completed the course in 25:15.23 for the win, about 45 seconds ahead of Manahawkin’s Jarred Iacovelli.

This year’s race – scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 18 – will be the 41st edition of the Dog Day Road Race, slated for its standard 9:30 a.m. start right outside the doors of the fire company’s five-bay building. Proceeds benefit the High Point Volunteer Fire Co., and now’s a good time to register for your spot among the field, typically between 850 and 1,000 competitors.

With T-shirts guaranteed for the first 1,000 runners, online registration is open until Friday, Aug. 16, for $25 per runner. On Saturday, Aug. 17, competitors can register at the firehouse from 3 to 7 p.m. for $30 per runner. Race Day registration from 7 to 9 a.m., for $35 per individual, also is available.

As has been the case since 1999, CompuScore will handle the timing for the race. Cash prizes go to the top three male and female overall finishers, while additional prizes are doled out to the top three in 15 age groups: 10-and-under, 11-13, 14-16, 17-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70-and- over.

A walker-friendly event as well, all participants should be prepared and appropriately dressed for hot, humid conditions. First aid and EMS crews will be on hand throughout the race, water stations will be set up along the course, and snacks and drinks will be available for competitors following it.

All information about the race, including registration fees and forms, course map and sponsor information, can be found at dogdayrace.com.  —D.B.

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