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November 7, 2020

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Tails on the Trail 2019 Race Results

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Tails on the Trail 2020 November 7

We are proud to announce our 11th annual Tails on the Trail event – Topeka’s favorite dog-friendly 5k run, 1 mile walk and family event! This is a fundraiser for Helping Hands Humane Society in Topeka, KS and 100% of your registration fee goes directly to Helping Hands! Tails on the Trail will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020 with registration at 9am and a welcome announcement at 9:30am. The run/walk begins at 10am and will take place on the scenic Shawnee North Nature Trail with a free photo booth (dogs welcome in the booth), vendors, a silent auction, food, music, and more! Please note that the trail is a mix of flat terrain and hills. It includes grass and dirt surface. 1 Mile Walk: Mostly paved/sidewalk. Concessions and indoor facilities will be available for the public and their dogs. There will also be adoptable pets on site. Come out and give them some love. Rain or shine, this event is a great opportunity for you and your family (fur included) to get out and enjoy a brisk run, walk or just enjoy the activities. Your support goes a long way and this event helps raise awareness for all of the great animals that are waiting for their forever home. Don’t forget to place your bid at the silent auction to have your dog featured on the back of the 2021 event t-shirt. This is a great way to show your pet how much you love them and make them famous! Tails on the Trail will be held on the first Saturday of November this year. Calendar of Events Friday, November 6, 2020 Packet Pick-Up and Registration from 8am to 7pm at Shawnee North Community Center 300 NE 43rd Street, Topeka, KS • (785) 286-0676 Saturday, November 7, 2020 Race Day! Packet Pick-Up and Late Registration at 8:30am at Shawnee North Community Center 300 NE 43rd Street, Topeka, KS • (785) 286-0676 Welcome announcement at 9:30am Race starts at 10am Breakfast for all race participants. Awards following the race – must be present to win. Silent Auction will be announced after awards Must be present to win.

Enter your dog to win! Categories include:

  • Biggest Dog
  • Littlest Dog
  • Who traveled the farthest?
  • Look alike
  • Best Trick
  • Longest Nose
  • Longest Tongue
  • Shortest Tail
  • Biggest Smile
  • Sloppiest Kiss
  • Oldest dog
  • Youngest dog

Sponsorships and Silent Auction donations: Contact Vending opportunities: Contact Penny Stormann at Shawnee North Community Center at 785-286-0676 All dogs must be leashed for the duration of the event. One dog per person. No retractable leashes. All dogs should wear a current rabies tag and be up-to-date on all vaccinations. No dogs in heat. No dogs that may be a threat to others. Event officials reserve the right to refuse aggressive animals. Please be responsible and courteous. Please clean up after your pet.

Past Race Results

Did you know that Tails on the Trail was an idea started with two Topeka women who wanted to combine their love of running and dogs to help raise money for Helping Hands Humane Society? It all started in 2010 when HHHS was trying to move into their new building on 21st and Belle. Lena and Linda wanted to help raise money so the animals could move into the new building with more exposure to the Topeka residents. Tails on the Trail has been a huge success and continues to grow. Best of all, many dogs have been adopted on the day of the event and we hope to continue to raise awareness for these animals.

Do you have a fundraising idea you would like to help develop, like Tails on the Trail, which was the brainchild of a supporter? Please let us know; we would love to work with you. We are a community, and together we make a big difference. Submit your ideas to

Thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers for making Tails on the Trail a success!
2019 Sponsors
Thank you to our Big Dogs!
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Thank you for your support!