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“The event vibe was amazing -great music, cold beer, cute dogs and delicious food”

2019 will mark IV version of RTTD and heck why not hey. Its been heaps of fun for the last 3 years so we hope to see you running the trails, laughing, smiling and relaxing with a beer and all your friends and family at the finish line.

How to enter the Run to the Dog

  1. 10K

    Run 10km
    AUD $10–AUD $50
    Event passed
  2. 5k

    Run 5km
    AUD $10–AUD $30
    Event passed
  3. 2k

    Run 2km
    AUD $10–AUD $20
    Event passed

Run to the Dog routes

Both the 5km and 10km course start with a field splitting hill sprint up the Walmer Street before dropping into the yarra trails where after your chosen distance you will end up crossing the Walmer street foot bridge and then after another 150m of trail end up in Flockhart Reserve Park where you will be greeted by a mass of cheering crowd and of course the Moon Dog Brewery at event bar set up.

But there is a little more to this event that just the trail running, be sure to enjoy what ever it is we different this event will bring you on course.

Event Details

What’s Included

All entries include free beverage from Moon Dog Brewery after you finish your run/walk

Raceday Logistics



At this stage please be prepared to collect your race number from the event village at Flockhart Reserve Park in the morning between 10am and 11:30am. It is approximately a 300m walk to the start line from there.

If any details regarding this change we will inform all of the entrants in the race pack 2 weeks prior to the event.


5k – Start from the bottom of Walmer Street at 12:00pm (MIDDAY)

2k – Start from the bottom of Walmer Street at 12:25pm

10k – Start from the bottom of Walmer Street at 12:30pm

Please note it is not at the same location as the registration and finish area. The start is at the bottom of Walmer Street in Kew. Don’t be alarmed its an easy 300m walk to get there going back along the course so you wont get lost.

The start are has a very limited set up for just the start. There is no specific event water or toilets available. There is a public water bubbler at the start area.


Moon Dog Brewery will be setting up a fully functional bar so that at the end of your event you and your friends can responsibly celebrate your achievements. Live entertainment is to be provided during the afternoon and some of Melbourne’s best food trucks will be on hand to help you re-fuel. In short there is going to be a great atmosphere for the afternoon.

At the finsih area you will find the event registration tent, event informatoin tent, bag drop tent, Moon Dog Craft Brewery Bar and Food vendors. Water will be available for all participants at the completion of thier run.

Toilets will be available in this area.

Kit List

Your most comfortable running gear and, of course, any leads or harnesses if you would like your dog to come with you!


All spectators welcome!


Get in touch by emailing [email protected]



10k and 5k Events

Open Male and Female

40yrs + Male and Female

K9, 10K Open - With your dog / 5km 'Hair of the Dog' Open - WIth your dog

2k Event

Open mixed

Please Note:

Age categories are based on the age of the participant on the day of the race.

Big Hill Events staff encourages junior men and junior women to enter the shorter distance options.

Big Hill Events reserve the right to deny race entry.

Race Rules

Apart from following the course and starting after we say go this is going to be a pretty simple affair. If you are in either of the ‘run with your dog’ categories you will need to have your dog on a lead at all times and ensure your dog is socially adjusted to large groups of people.

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