DVA Community Run – Mechanics


  • All participants must run with the official bib number assigned.
  • Switching or bib is prohibited without prior/explicit authorization of a race official. Having
    another person run with your assigned bib is forbidden. Your race number is required to always
    be visible during the race and attached to the FRONT of your shirt/shorts. This position is
    where the bib is most visible to race officials.
  • If you are not registered for the race, you are not allowed to participate in that event. Bandits
    are strictly prohibited. A bandit is anyone who participates in an event without registering and
    without a race number. This is not only a safety issue (as race officials are unable to identify
    bandits in the case of an emergency), but also a drain on course resources for paying
    participants. If caught, bandits will be asked to leave the course immediately. Banditing may
    also impact a participant’s eligibility to participate in future races.
  • Participants must complete the entire course under his/her power. If it is deemed that a
    participant did not complete the entire course under his/her power, the participant will not be
    eligible for awards and will be removed from the official results.
  • Unauthorized assistance is grounds for disqualification. However, someone may be paced by
    another official participant provided that both participants abide by all race rules.
  • Any participant responsible for jostling, running across, or obstructing another participant as to
    impede his or her progress shall be liable for disqualification from that event.
  • No participant shall use any equipment which is determined to be improper by a race official,
    including but not limited to equipment that might provide an unfair advantage or endanger
    other participants.
  • No littering on the race course. If you are caught by a race official, you will be warned on your
    first offense. The second offense is a disqualification.
  • All runners have a collective responsibility to keep the event safe. Races generally discourage
    running with strollers or headphones. If you run with a stroller, you must start at the back of
    the start group and yield to all other participants. If you must run with headphones, please
    keep the volume low enough to hear vehicular traffic and instructions from volunteers, and
    race officials.


1k Fur Run1K3K5K
Start Time740am730am715am7am
Finish Time810am800am830am830am
Water StationNone, please bring your own hydration as needed and for your dog.None, please bring your own hydration as needed.@ 1.5k mark@ 1.5km mark and @ 3k mark
AwardsTokens / sponsored itemsTokens / sponsored itemsTokens / sponsored items– Fastest male and female (1st to 3rd).
– Youngest Runner.
– Oldest Runner.
– Family with most members who raced.
– Winners will receive prizes.

* Disclaimer: Race organizers reserve the right to make changes or modifications to the race rules for the
safety and enjoyment of all participants. Any changes will be communicated through official

FUR RUN Rules:


  • At least 12 years old for the human participant.
  • Dogs must at least be 12 months old.


  • Control of your dog is required at all times. The rightful owner of a dog is required to have
    liability insurance (or family insurance) for any damages that their dog may commit, or injuries
    that the dog may cause. The rightful owner of a dog is the person named as such in the dog’s
    vaccination book and/or official paperwork. The rightful owner must ensure that the animal is
    owned (cared for) by the law. Proof of insurance will be required at registration. The event will
    be covered by public liability insurance as standard.


  • Dogs must wear a suitable harness and be attached to their handler by a line containing some
    bungee to act as a shock absorber.
  • Leash must not be longer than 2.5 meters when fully extended.
  • No head collars, shock collars, choke chains or flexi leads are permitted. Whips are not
  • Muzzles may be used but they must be the open, basket type, through which dogs can drink
    and take treats.
  • Runners are not allowed to wear shoes that could be dangerous for dogs. Shoes with metal
    spikes are strictly forbidden. Exceptions may be granted in regard to the above equipment
    requirements if a competitor is learning how to canicross (debut), then a hand-held leash and
    flat (classic) collar will be accepted. The competitor must make this known at registration;
    exceptions are at the discretion of the Race director.


  • We advise you to build your dog’s distance up over several weeks/months. During runs and hot weather, some breeds (Ex. those with short muzzles) may have difficulty cooling themselves. If your dog is overweight, unfit, not used to exercise, recovering from illness, or advancing years, or you have any doubt about your dog’s ability, please consult your vet.
  • Always carry water with you just in case it is needed. Familiarize yourself with your dog’s
    normal behavior while running, before the event. If at any time they show any signs they are
    struggling (excessive foaming at the mouth, shaking the head or pulling to the side),
    immediately find a shaded place to stop (preferably with a cool breeze) and give them some
    water. It is essential that you respect the welfare of your dogs and that you adapt you pace
    accordingly. Watch your dog’s behavior for 1/2hr after your run – this is the most critical time
    when they are likely to overheat.
  • Please clean up after your dog and have poop bags on you at all times – we would like to
    maintain our good relations within DVA. Not picking up dog mess will result in disqualification.
  • If a Race Marshal/Volunteer determines that a handler’s conduct at any time in the race area
    or on the trail is detrimental to the sport/race, that runner shall be disqualified. This includes
    prior to, during, and after the event.
  • If a dog becomes unfit or refuses to advance for any reason, the competitor is not permitted to
    finish the race. They must remain where they are and wait to be picked up by the event
    sweeper and advise a marshal as soon as possible if the dog is need of urgent attention It is
    deemed acceptable for your dog to be behind on downhill, on technical sections of a route or
    when it would be dangerous to do so. Otherwise, your dog must be in front of you at all times
    and they must not be dragged at any point.
  • When overtaking other runners on narrow trails, call before overtaking. If being overtaken,
    keep your dog close.
  • When passing other runners, each party should ensure this is done safely, allowing plenty of
    space for each runner and ensuring dogs do not become tangled. The competitor that is being
    overtaken must assume responsibility to ensure that their dogs are to one side of the track and
    do not interfere with the runner going past.
  • Dogs should be attached to the competitor at all times except in cases of danger to dog or
    runner. It is recommended that competitors who have dogs who are worried by other canines
    should allow plenty of space for their dogs, especially at the start of the race, to alleviate any
    undue stress. If you have an aggressive dog, don’t provide the opportunity for it to be out of
  • The use of personal stereos, MP3 players or any electronic device with headphones etc that
    impairs the ability to hear marshals or other runners is strictly forbidden. Anyone using such a
    device will be asked to refrain immediately or be disqualified.