Presented by Hunter Subaru

Unleash the Fun at this Dog-Friendly Race Event

JUNE 14, 2024

The Bark and Bolt race in Hendersonville, North Carolina, is a thrilling and heartwarming event that brings together both paws and people. This unique race allows dogs and their owners to celebrate physical fitness and outdoor activity together. It's not just about the race, though; the event fosters a sense of community, promoting the bond between dogs and their owners while also raising awareness about responsible pet ownership. With its lively atmosphere and the joyful barks of four-legged participants, the Bark and Bolt race is an exciting race for humans and their canine companions to run or walk across the finish line together!

Permit pending government approvals  | Race date & course subject to change

why you'll love this race:

  • An amazing summer evening event with so many cute dogs!
  • A free, custom race shirt when you register before the deadline ($20 after)
  • A free, commemorative dog tag medal for each human finisher
  • A free, commemorative bandana for each pet that participates
  • 3 different race formats offering a variety of distances
  • The “Bark in the Park Dog Fair” with pet-friendly vendors, businesses and local organizations.
  • Awards for the top finishers in each race
  • A well-marked course with professional chip-timed results (5K only)

What our runners are saying...

"It was amazing. My dog was recognized and showcased, which made me so happy. We really enjoyed the event, the people, and the course!"

"I really enjoyed the run and having my dog recognized! We loved it."

"I so love to see children, dogs and elderly people all participate!"

"Dog friendly, family friendly, and beginner friendly!"

"Fun, smooth course. It was pretty!"

"An amazing idea to help different pet-friendly institutions."

    The Course

    All races will begin and end in Hendersonville’s Patton Park. The 5K course is a scenic, out and back route that follows the Oklawaha Greenway. There are some moderate hills but the majority of the course is flat. The 1-mile race also follows the Greenway and has one hill just before the finish. It too is on paved surfaces and both courses will have a single water station along the route. The Paw Pursuit 100 Meter Dash is our shortest race for the most well-behaved pups. It’s a quick sprint where dogs run alongside their owners to demonstrate their speed and agility. Dogs will be divided into three weight classes: Lightweight, Middleweight, and Heavyweight.

    5K  |  3.1 Miles

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    1 Mile

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    Paw Pursuit | 100M

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    Our Community Partner

    All signature iDaph events partner with local organizations to help advance their mission. Supporting these causes strengthens our community bonds by addressing the unique challenges and needs within our area. It ensures that resources are allocated where they can have the most direct and tangible impact, fostering a sense of ownership and empowerment among residents.


    Spend the Weekend

    An Authentic Mountain Destination

    If you're not from here, you're going to love visiting here. Experience the thrill of running or cycling amidst the breathtaking beauty of Western North Carolina, where the rugged mountains and pristine landscapes set the stage for an unforgettable adventure. We invite you to make our event your ultimate destination race. Our Visitor’s Guide features lodging options, airport info, and the inside scoop on what to see and do while you’re here.

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