RuffRiders 0.5K "Race,"  & Dog Adoption


Only $25

All the glory and none of the training of a traditional race. This event is truly the race for the rest of us!

Bring your dog out for 546 yards of fun, community, and a great cause. Don't have a dog? No problem; Northern Nevada's best shelters will be adopting out loving pups looking for their forever families.

This event benefits RuffRiders - Saving Dogs on Death-Row.



  • Check-In and Registration will begin at 10:30 AM

  • The “Race” itself kicks off at 11:30 AM

  • Festivities continue through 1:30 PM



  • Idlewild Park – 2055 Idlewild Drive, Reno

  • **See map for Check-In and Registration location



  • **Please Note: With a large expected turnout and alcohol being served, we highly recommend utilizing services like Lyft & Uber to get to and from the event

  • Parking is available on all public streets along Idlewild Drive

  • Parking within Idlewild Park will be limited and/or restricted to certain areas



  • We love that you’re already supporting us by attending. With that said, we rely solely on donations and fundraising to continue to do the life-saving work we do. Check and credit card donations can be made at the Registration booth

  • Cash donations can be made at either the Registration, Goody Pick-Up, or Silent Auction booths

  • We sincerely appreciate your support!



  • Depending on when you registered, t-shirts will be handed out when you check in

  • For those who registered after the “Day-Of” deadline, t-shirts will be available for pickup at Revision Brewing at 380 S. Rock Blvd, Sparks on Saturday, November 10th from 1pm to 3pm

  • ALL participants will receive Goody Bags full of more swag available at the Goody Bag Pick-Up, located to the East end of the vendors and food trucks **See map 


Animals / Pets:

  • Leashed dogs will certainly be permitted at the event

  • Please be sure to pick up after your dog 


Costume Contest:

  • We have decided to forego the costume contests this year, though we still encourage you and your pup to dress up


Photo Booth:

  • Capture the excitement of Race-Day with our interactive photo booth provided by our friends at FurEver USA



  • Registered participants ages 21 and up will be given a wristband upon check-in, good for your two free pints of beer during the race

  • You MUST show your ID at check-in; no exceptions will be made

  • All open alcohol must stay within the marked event boundaries

  • Additional alcohol will be available for purchase in the Food Truck area of the event


Dog Adoptions:

  • Dogs will be available for adoption in Adoption Row from our wonderful shelter & rescue partners: Nevada Humane Society, SPCA of Northern Nevada, Canine Rehabilitation & Sanctuary, and Boxers & Buddies

  • All dogs adopted during the event will receive an adoption bundle from some of our amazing sponsors: Bully Tuff Dog Wear, Charlie’s Place, Natural Paws, and Petco Legends



  • Stop by the vendor booths for exciting products and services available to you and your pets


Silent Auction:

  • This is a fundraising event after all! Bid on a wide selection of available prizes at our Silent Auction, located next to the Goody Bag Pick-Up. Your generosity goes a long way!


Have a great time, be safe, and we hope to see you at next year’s bigger and better RuffRiders 0.5K “Race” & Dog Adoption!