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Can my dog run with me?

Yes. You are allowed ONE dog per runner (no exceptions), and dogs can be registered with you online when you register. You can also register them during packet pickup and race-day registration. IF YOU DECIDE TO RUN WITH A DOG, YOU MUST REVIEW AND ABIDE BY OUR DOGGY ETIQUETTE rules, available online www.hairofthedog5k.com and at registration. Failure to abide by these rules could result in losing privilege of participation with your dog.

Are strollers allowed?


My child is running with me. Do they need to be registered?

Yes. If you register your child, they receive their own shirt (there are childrens sizes available) and goody bag. However, NO UNDERAGE PERSON WILL RECEIVE A WINE GLASS, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY INTEND TO DRINK WINE. There are no exceptions to this.

What is Chesterfest?

Chesterfest is the wine festival which follows the race, named after the late “founding” 4-legger of Working Dog Winery, Chester. There is food, beer, wine, a band, vendors, and animal rescues, as well as varied other activities from year to year. Registered runners will filter directly into the festival following the race. They will receive a wine glass, free admission, and free wine tasting at the event. Anyone is allowed to attend Chesterfest. Entry is $10 per person and includes a complimentary wine glass.

Can I watch my family start and finish without entering the festival?

Yes. The starting line is at the entrance to Working Dog Winery and not within the confines of Chesterfest. New to 2016, the finish line has been adjusted slightly to accommodate families who wish to watch their friends/family members finish the race and do not wish to enter the festival. The finish line is adjacent to (and partially within) the parking area and will be clearly marked.

Can I bring coolers/outside food and beverage into the festival?

No. There are no outside drinks or food allowed inside the festival. No coolers may be brought in. Juice boxes and baby bottles for childrens’ consumption are fine, of course.

Do dogs need to remain leashed at the festival?

Yes. Dogs need to be leashed, and under control of their favorite two-legger at all times.

Are there refunds if I cancel?

No. Unfortunately we are not able to provide refunds for race no-shows or cancellations.

When can I pick up my bib/shirt/goody bag?

These can be picked up at Working Dog Winery the weekend of the event. Packet pickup is open Friday 2p-6p, Saturday 11A-6p, and Sunday briefly before the race. We advise that if its available to you, you pick up your bib, shirt and goody bag on Friday or Saturday. The winery is open, so it is a good excuse to stop by, enjoy some music and wine prior to the race. Also, it avoids long lines on race day.

Am I guaranteed to receive a goody bag and race shirt?

Goody bags are guaranteed for the first 1000 registered runners only. Race shirts are guaranteed for pre-registered runners only. Race shirts and goody bags will ONLY be handed out (guaranteed or not) prior to the start of the race.

I’d like to volunteer. Who do I contact?

Email the race director at bakes@aol.com

I’m interested in sponsoring. Who do I contact?

Email the race director at bakes@aol.com

I’m interested in being a vendor at Chesterfest. Who do I contact?

Email the race director at bakes@aol.com