Pooch Pursuit 5K Run - 1 Mile Walk - April 18, 2015


9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Pole Green Park, 8996 Pole Green Park Ln. Mechanicsville, VA 23116


Owners ages 12 and up, dogs ages 1yr. & up. Lace up your sneakers and grab your dog's leash for the Pooch Pursuit! Run the 5K trail with treat stops all along the course. This dog friendly event (although canine participation is optional), will benefit the Friends of Hanover Dog Parks and their efforts to construct a dog parks in Hanover. All registered participants will receive an owner and dog friendly treat bag.

Entry Fee: $20 and $10

Awards will be presented to the top 3 finishers in each age division. Dog tags will be presented to all the K-9's that complete the run.

Registration is easy and convenient using Hanover County's new and improved Discover Recreation Online:

5K Registration

1 mile walk registration

Stay after the event for K-9 Heroes Day. In honor of K-9 Veteran's Day, Parks and RecreationHanover Hounds Search and RescueThe Classy Canine and Friends of Hanover Dog Parks invite you and your special canine to the 3rd Annual Hanover K-9 Heroes Day. K-9 Heroes Day in Hanover is a celebration to honor the military and civilian K-9’s and their handlers who have given their unwavering service and sometimes their lives to serve these United States of America during the time of war and to also protect us here in our homeland. Per the House Joint Resolution 522, March 13th 

is designated as K-9 Veterans Day to honor the thousands of dogs that have served with honor, dignity and valor throughout the nation’s history. 

There will also be fun activities and contests for you and your furry friend, including the following: 
Dog Gone Spring Egg Hunt Frosty Paws eating contest, Fastest Wagging Tail contest, Tricks for Treats, Howling Contest, and Musical Sit. 
Event is open to the public, with all dogs required to remain on a secure leash and have current license and rabies vaccination. 

Refreshments will be available for purchase for people and pets. 

Stop by one of the pet friendly vendor tents and browse their goodies or just say hello:

  • 4 ur Pet Consignment & more
  • A Puppy's Prayer, LLC
  • Bandit's Adoption & Rescue of K-9's (BARK)
  • Bare Bones Bakery, LLC
  • Bath Fitter
  • Capital Area Rescue Effort (CARE)
  • Cause for Paws
  • Champion Windows
  • Dogs on Deployment
  • Fort Lee
  • Friends of Hanover Dog Parks
  • Friends of Richmond K-9
  • GES Survival
  • Hanover Hounds K-9 Search & Rescue
  • K-9 Adventures
  • Kellogg's Kreations
  • Pet Market, RedRidge
  • PetCommunicators.com
  • Richmond Dog Obedience Club
  • Sprite's Hero, Inc.
  • VCU Athletics

Event schedule:

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.          Pooch Pursuit check-in
9:00 a.m.                   Pooch Pursuit begins (sponsored by Friends of Hanover Dog Parks & Holiday Barn Pet Resorts)
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Vendor/Exhibitor booths open
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.        Hanover Concert Band performs
10:00 a.m.                 Hanover K-9 Heroes Day opening ceremonies begin
10:15 a.m.                 K-9 Heroes Honors Walk begins (led by the VFW Post 9808 Color Guard)
10:15 - 10:30 a.m.      Hanover Concert Band performs
10:30 a.m.                 Pooch Pursuit awards presentation
10:45 a.m.                 K-9 demonstrations begin (sponsored by Hanover Hounds K-9 Search & Rescue)

                                                10:45 a.m. – Richmond City Police

                                                11:00 a.m. – Capital Police

                                                11:15 a.m. – Hanover K-9 Search & Rescue

                                                11:30 a.m. – Fort Lee Military
11:45 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. K-9 games (sponsored by Friends of Hanover Dog Parks)
12:30 p.m.                  Dog Gone Spring Egg Hunt begins (sponsored by Parks and Recreation)
1:00 p.m.                    Event concludes